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JAPANESE COINS & CURRENCY

UNUSUAL OLD HANSATSU NOTE OF JAPAN

 Hansatsu notes from Japan
The Shoguns of Japan were military leaders. From the 16th century until the Meiji Restoration in 1868 they dominated Japanese society. The Emperor was little more than a religious figurehead. Emphasis was placed on military achievement and contact with foreign influences was shunned. During this period many local clans, merchants, communities and banks issued their own currency. These tall, thin notes (approximately 6" x 1.5", 160mm x 40mm) printed on heavy paper were known as Hansatsu. They come in a variety of designs, ranging from simple to intricate. Because of the lack of English language references of this very extensive series, the notes are usually not identified by issuer.
We also have a number of unidentified hansatsu notes which we are offer in lots of all different. Notes will grade Very Good to Very Fine. Notes will probably be different than what is pictured on this page.
Item PM-JP-HANST1 1 JAPANESE HANSATSU NOTE, UNIDENTIFIED VG-F $12.00
Item PM-JP-HANSTx3 3 DIFFERENT JAPANESE HANSATSU NOTES, UNIDENTIFIED VG-F $35.00
Item PM-JP-HANSTx6 6 DIFFERENT JAPANESE HANSATSU NOTES, UNIDENTIFIED VG-F $69.50


COPPER 1 MON COIN OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN   

Japan 1 Mon Kanei Tsuho coinJapan 1 Mon with Edo MintmarkIn 1626 the Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan introduced a new cast copper coin known as the Kanei Tsuho.  It replaced a mixture of Chinese coins and privately minted coins that were in circulation. The 1 Mon Kanei Tsuho coin was the lowest denomination issued and served as the mainstay of the Japanese economy for over 200 years, until the Shoguns were replaced in the Meiji Restoration in 1867.The obverse has the characters Kan Ei Tsu Ho, which translates as "Current Treasure of Kan-ei". Kan-ei refers to the era of the Shogunate that lasted from 1603 to 1644, however the inscription continued long after that era. In 1668 a new variety was introduced, with the Japanese character "bun" on the reverse, indicating the coin was made at the Edo (now Tokyo) mint. The Edo coins are of good quality and are well made. They continued to be issued until about 1700.  It is a notable and inexpensive coins from an important period of Japanese history.
Item JP-EDO JAPAN 1 MON EDO (TOKYO) MINTMARK (1668-1700) C1.2 VF $3.00


Japan oblong 100 Mon 1835-1870AN UNUSUAL OLD JAPANESE COIN 

This large oblong bronze 100 Mon coin of Japan, known as the Tempo Tsuho, was struck from 1835 to 1870, a period of transition in Japan from the long ruling Shoguns to the modernization of the Meiji Restoration. The undated coin's unusual shape and large size has made it a perennial favorite with collectors.
Item JP-100M JAPAN 100 MON OVAL COIN (1835-70) C7 VF $15.00



RECTANGULAR GOLD & SILVER COINS OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN 

Japan gold 2 Shu 1860-1869 C18aJapan silver 1 Bu 1837-1868Japan Isshu Gin (1 Shu Silver) 1853-1865
These unusual rectangular silver and gold coins were some of the last coins issued by the famous and once powerful Shoguns of Japan. The Shoguns were the military rulers of Japan, who for hundreds of years controlled the island nation.  They were finally forced from power in 1867 due to the pressures of modernization brought about by the United States.  Their militaristic influence continued however, leading to World War II
The Gold 2 Shu (Nishu) was minted from 1860 until 1869.  It is approximately 11.5mm x 6.5mm and struck in an alloy of 23% gold, 77% silver.  It is one of the least expensive gold coins available to collectors. The silver 1 Bu (Ichibu) is approximately 24mm x 16mm.  It was issued from 1837 until 1868. It includes an official countermark on the reverse.  The smaller silver 1 Shu (Isshu) is 14mm x 9 mm and was issued from 1853 until 1865.  The coins are some of the few rectangular coins ever used by any nation in general circulation.  The coins grade Very Fine or better.  Despite being almost 150 years old or older, these remarkable and historic coins are quite reasonably priced.
Item JP-C18a JAPAN GOLD 2 SHU (1860-69) C18a VF $59.75
Item JP-C16 JAPAN SILVER 1 BU (1837-68) VF-XF $49.75
Item JP-C12 JAPAN SILVER 1 SHU (1853-65) C12 VF-XF $29.75



RECTANGULAR GOLD COIN FROM THE MEIJI RESTORATION OF JAPAN  

Japan gold 1 BuThis rectangular gold 2 Bu (Ni Bu) was minted in Japan from 1867 to 1869. It was one of the first coins of the Meiji Restoration. The Meiji Restoration overthew the highly traditional and once powerful Shogun warlords and restored the Emperor as the center of the Japanese government.  The Meiji restoration was also a modernization movement, that opened Japan to western ideas. A few years after this coin was introduced, Japan adopted western style round coins, so these coins were soon withdrawn from circulation and many were melted.    The coin weighs approximately 3 grams and is struck in .223 fine gold.   It is an interesting and historic gold coin that represents the end of Japan's traditional ways under the Shoguns and the introduction of new ways under the Meiji Restoration.
Item JP-C21 JAPAN GOLD 2 BU, (1867-1869)  C21d VF $99.75



OLD JAPANESE DRAGON COPPERS Restocked

Japan - Meiji 1 & 2 Sen KM17 & KM18As part of the Meiji restoration, Japan opened up their economy and totally reformed their coinage.   Among the first new coins introduced were these bronze 1 & 2 Sen.  Both coins have similar designs. One side depicts the Meiji dragon clutching the "pearl of wisdom" and has the denomination in English.  The other side has the denomination in Japanese within a wreath of paulownia and chrysanthemum leaves.  At the top is a stylized chrysanthemum blossom, which is the Imperial Seal of Japan. The 1 Sen was issued from 1873 until 1888 and is 27.3mm in diameter.  The 2 Sen was issued from 1873 to 1884 and is 31.8mm in diameter..
Item JP-DRAGON2 JAPAN 1 & 2 SEN KM17 & KM18 1873-1888 F-VF $5.50



WORLD WAR II JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY USED IN CHINA  

China - Japanese Military Currency: 5 Yen P25 (1938-44)
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Japan  issued Military Currency starting in 1938 for use in the areas of China that they occupied. Because civilians were forced to accept the Military Yen, which was not backed and could not be exchanged into Japanese Yen, it cost the Japanese government virtually nothing to purchase whatever they wanted. The initial issues of Military currency were created by taking partially completed Japanese homeland notes and overprinting them on the front and back with four large red characters that read "Military Note". 
Item PM-CN-M5YOVPT JAPANESE MILITARY 5 YEN OVERPRINTED NOTE FOR CHINA, 1938-44 PM25 F $3.00


NEWWORLD WAR II COINS OF JAPAN

Japan 1 Sen 1940-43, 5 Sen 1940-43, 10 Sen 1944These three Japanese World War II era coins feature symbols of the country's nationalism. The aluminum 1 and 5 Sen were minted from 1940 to 1943.  The 16mm 1 Sen pictures Mount Fuji on one side and the denomination on the other. Mount Fuji is a symbol of the country and is considered sacred by many.   The 19mm 5 Sen depicts the golden kite bird on one side and the Imperial Chrysanthemum Seal and clouds on the other.  The golden kite was a symbol of Japanese military prowess. In Japanese mythology the golden kite helped guide Japan's first emperor to victory.  It was also the name of Japan’s second highest military honor.  The Chrysanthemum Seal represents the Emperor of Japan.  The Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum in Japan’s highest honor. The 1944 zinc 10 Sen was struck only a single year.  The 19mm coin has a center hole to make it easily distinguishable from the 5 Sen which was the same diameter.  Above the hole is the Chrysanthemum Seal representing the Emperor.  Beneath is the Paulownia Crest within clouds, which represents the government of Japan.
Item JP-SETWWII JAPAN 3 COIN SET 1 - 10 SEN 1940-44 VF $3.50




SCARCE WWII CLAY COIN FROM JAPAN

Japan baked clay 1 Sen KM110 By the end of World War II Japan suffered from a severe shortage of metal needed to make coins.  Emergency coins were made out of clay, however the coins circulated for only for only a few days in cental Japan before the Japanese surrender on August 15, 1945. This scarce clay 1 Sen coin circulated for only a few days at the end of World War II in central Japan.  The unusual, undated 1 Sen coin features Mt. Fuji on one side and sakura blossems on the other.  The 15mm coin is made from red or brown clay.  It is quite scarce and unknown to many collectors.
Item JP-110 JAPAN CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $32.00




POST-WAR CURRENCY OF JAPAN  Restocked

Japan 1 Yen banknote 1946Japan 10 Yen banknote 1946
These two undated notes were issued by the Bank of Japan in 1946, shortly after Japan's defeat in World War II.   The 1 Yen note features the portrait of Ninomiya Sontoku and a rooster on the front.  The denomination is on the back, in both Japanese and English.  Sontoku was born in 1787 to a poor peasant family.  He was diligent, intelligent, hard working and studious.  It was said that he would be up early in the mountains gathering wood and studying even before the cock crowed, hence the rooster on the note.   He became a wealthy farmer and was eventually entrusted with important positions by the Shogun. He reformed agricultural practices, increasing yields, set up village credit unions, and developed a philosophical approach which emphasized practical ethical principles.  Schools in Japan often have statues of him reading a book while gathering wood, showing how he would study every moment he could.  The 10 Yen note features the Diet (parliament) building.  Both notes were replaced with coins a few years later.
Item PM-JP-1Y-46 JAPAN 1 YEN BANKNOTE 1946 P85 Fine  $3.00
Item PM-JP-10Y-46 JAPAN 10 YEN BANKNOTE 1946 P87 Fine $3.00




JAPAN CELEBRATES EXPO '70

Japan 100 Yen Expo '70 commemorative coin Y83Japan issued this copper-nickel 100 Yen coin to commemorate Expo '70, held in Osaka.  It was the first World's Fair held in Japan.  Seventy seven nations participated in the event and over 64 million people attended the six month event.  It set a record for the most visitors until the 2010 Shanghai Expo.  The attractive 28mm coin features Mount Fuji on one side and the Expo logo on the other.   The coin is dated the 45th year of the Showa Era (reign of Emperor Hirohito), which corresonds to 1970.
Item JP-EXPO70 JAPAN 100 YEN EXPO '70 Y83 UNC. $4.00



MULTI-COLOR SILVER DINOSAUR COIN FROM JAPAN

Japan 1000 Yen 2011 Y164 Fukui Prefecture - T-Rex dinosaur coinA fierce multi-colored Tyrannosaurus rex is featured on this silver Proof 2011 Japanese 1000 Yen coin honoring Fukui Prefecture.  The coin was struck as part of a series commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Japan's Local Autonomy Law that honor each of the 47 prefectures of Japan.  Many dinosaur fossils have been found in Fukui and it is the home of the only dedicated dinosaur museum in Japan.  It is one of the largest museums in Japan and is one of the "World's Three Great Dinosaur Museums".  The reverse features cherry blossoms, snowflakes and a crescent moon. The 1 troy ounce 40mm coin is struck in .999 fine silver and has a mintage of 100,000 pieces.  The coin comes in a custom hard plastic case.
Item JP-FUKUI JAPAN 1000 YEN 2011 T-REX,  FUKUI PREFECTURE, Y164 SILVER PROOF $89.75



NEWJAPANESE TOKYO OLYMPIC COINS

Japan 100 Yen Olympic Fencing (Heisei 30 = 2018)Japan 100 Yen Paralympic Boccia (Heisei 30 = 2018)
Japan released their first coins for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  One coin depicts two fencers on the obverse and the emblem of the Olympic Games on the reverse.  The other, for the Paralympic Games depicts a person in a wheelchair playing boccia. Boccia is a version of bocce for persons with disabilities.  The Paralympic Games emblem is on the reverse.  Both coins are 22.6mm copper nickel and are dated Heisei Year 30, which corresponds to 2018.  The coins have Japanese legends on the obverse and English legends on the reverse.  
Item JP-OLYSET18 SET OF 2 JAPAN OLYMPIC 100 YEN 2018 FENCING & BOCCIA, UNC. $7.00




JAPANESE PUPPET STATE OF MANCHUKUO   Restocked

Manchukuo 1 Fen & 1 Chiao coins KM6 & KM8 1934-39In 1931 Japan invaded the three north-eastern provinces of China and set up the nominally independent nation of Manchukuo.  A puppet government was set up under P’u-Yi, the former Emperor of China.  In 1934 he was given the title "Emperor of Manchuo" and the legends on the coins were changed to reflect his new exalted status.  The bronze 1 Fen features the flag of Manchukuo on one side and floral sprays on the other.  The copper-nickel 1 Chiao (10 Fen) depicts a pair of dragons on one side and a lotus flower on the other. 
Item MAN-KT-SET2 MANCHUKUO 1 FEN & 1 CHIAO KM6 & KM8 1934-39 F-VF $9.75



UNUSUAL FIBER COINS FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINA  

Manchukuo 1 Fen 1945 Y13a "red fiber"Manchukuo 5 Fen 1944-1945 Red Fiber YA13a
Manchukuo was a Japanese puppet state carved out of Northeastern China prior to World War II.  Due to a severe metal shortage towards the end of the war, it issued these unusual 1 Fen and 5 Fen coins struck in a thick, red material rather than metal. The coins are dated in the year of the reign of Emperor Kang Te of Manchukuo.   Kang Te was formerly known as Pu Yi, who was the last Emperor of China until he was deposed in 1911. The Japanese used him as the figurehead leader for Manchukuo.  The 1 Fen struck only a single year; 1945.  The 5 Fen was struck in 1944 and 1945. Because the material used was relitively soft, the coins show considerable wear. These historic World War II coins are some of the few circulating non-metallic coins of the 20th century.  
Item MAN-1F MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 Y13a G-VG $4.00
Item MAN-5F MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a G-VG $7.50



MENG CHIANG JAPANESE PUPPET BANK   

Meng Chiang Bank 5 Chiao 1938 KM521During the 1930's Japan conquered much of Northern China.  The Meng Chiang Bank was a puppet bank established by the Japanese to provide currency for the area between Mongolia and Manchukuo, known as Inner Mongolia.  In 1938 the Bank issued its only coin: a copper-nickel 5 Chiao. One side of the coin features a pair of stylized dragons and the denomination.   The other side has a floral design.
Item MENG521 MENG CHIANG BANK 5 CHIAO 1938 (KM521) VF-XF $10.00



WORLD WAR II JAPANESE INVASION MONEY

World War II Japanese Invasion notes from Burma, Burma and Malaya
As the Japanese Empire spread out in the early days of World War II, the Japanese government issued special currency for the various nations and colonies they conquered. We are offering this collection of 8 different notes issued by the Imperial Japanese Government for the Philippines, Malaya (now Malaysia), and Burma (now Myanmar). The notes were issued in the currency and official language that was in use at the time of the invasion. Thus notes issued for the Philippines were denominated in Pesos and Centavos and were in English (as it was a United States commonwealth), the Malay notes were denominated in Dollars and Cents and were in English, (as it was a British Colony), and the Burmese notes were denominated in Rupees and Cents and were in English (as it was a British Colony). The first letter in the block of letters on the front of the note indicates where the note was to be used: B = Burma, M = Malaya, P = Philippines, The notes serve as a reminder for the failed exploits of the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces during World War II.
Item PM-JIM8 8 DIFFERENT WORLD WAR II JAPANESE INVASION NOTES, Very Fine - UNC. $9.95



JAPANESE INVASION OF THE UNITED STATES?

Malaya 10 Dollars Japanese Invasion Money
When these notes issued by Japan started showing up during World War II, many people took it as proof that Japan was about to conquer the United States and had already printed new currency for the United States. After all, the notes were clearly denominated in Dollar or Cents and had the words "THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT" in large letters.  The story was repeated so many times that many believed it must be true.  Though the Japanese government did print the notes, however they were for use in Malay, which Japan conquered by early 1942, and not the United States.   Like the United States, Malaya used dollars and cents.  The Uncirculated 10 Dollar notes pictures features bananas, breadfruit and coconuts on the front and palm trees and a ship steaming in the horizon on the back.   These are historic collector’s items recalling Japan’s unsuccessful attempt to extend her empire across Asia in World War II
Item PM-MALAYA10 MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c UNC. $3.00
Item PM-MALAYA10x10 10 PIECES OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c AU-UNC. $18.00
Item PM-MALAYA10x100 100 PIECES OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c AU-UNC. $95.00




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