JAPANESE COINS & CURRENCY
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.
JP-100M JAPAN 100 MON OVAL COIN (1835-70) C7
& SILVER COINS OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN
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 12mm x 7mm and stuck 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.
JP-C18a JAPAN GOLD 2 SHU (1860-69) C18a VF $69.00
JP-C16 JAPAN SILVER 1 BU (1837-68)
JP-C12 JAPAN SILVER 1 SHU (1853-65) C12
RECTANGULAR GOLD COIN FROM THE MEIJI
RESTORATION OF JAPAN
This 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adopted western style round coins, so these coins were soon withdrawn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.
JP-C21 JAPAN GOLD 2 BU, 1867-1869 (C21d) VF $99.95
NOTE OF JAPAN
The Shoguns of Japan were military leaders. From the 16th century until
the Meiji Restoration in 1868 they dominated Japanese society. The
was little more than a religious figurehead. Emphasis was placed on
achievement and contact with foreign influences was shunned. During
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
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.
PM-JP-HANST1 1 JAPANESE HANSATSU NOTE,
UNIDENTIFIED VG-F $12.00
PM-JP-HANSTx3 3 DIFFERENT JAPANESE
HANSATSU NOTES, UNIDENTIFIED VG-F
PM-JP-HANSTx6 6 DIFFERENT JAPANESE HANSATSU
UNIDENTIFIED VG-F $69.50
ATTRACTIVE OLD UNCIRCULATED JAPANESE 1
attractive Japanese 1 Yen banknote was introduced in 1916 in order to
replace the silver 1 Yen coin which was last minted in 1914.
It continued to be issued into the 1930’s. The
front is written in Japanese and depicts Takeuchi no Sukune, a famous
legendary figure from whom 28 Japanese clans are descended.
The back depicts a silver 1 Yen coin and has the legend "Nippon Ginko
Promises to Pay the Bearer on Demand One Yen in Silver".
note measures about 147mm x 86mm (5.8” x 3.4”). The Orange and black
notes are in original Uncirculated condition.
PM-JP-1Y JAPAN 1 YEN NOTE (1916) P30c UNC. $15.00
WORLD WAR II ERA JAPANESE HOMELAND
10 YEN NOTE
undated Japanese 10 Yen note was issued from 1930 until 1943.
reverse was changed to remove the English translation of the
denomination. It continued to circulate until after Japan's
surrender in World War II. The front of the bill features
Wake no Kiyomaro, an 8th Century Japanese Buddhist priest and court
official. He helped defend the legitimate imperial line
against a monk who had an affair with the Empress tried to claim the
imperial throne for himself. He also helped establish the new
imperial capital in Kyoto. He is traditionally worshipped as the
bringer of good fortune and the healing of foot problems. The back of
the note depicts Goou
Shrine in Kyoto where he enshrined. In 1943 the
back was changed to
remove the English translation of the
denomination. The note continued to circulate until after
surrender in World War II.
PM-JP-10Y JAPAN 10 YEN BANKNOTE (1930-43) P40a
SCARCE WWII CLAY
COINS FROM JAPAN
scarce brown clay 1 Sen coin circulated for only a few days in central
Japan at the end of World War II. The undated coin features Mt. Fuji on
one side and a flower on the other. The unusual coin was pressed into
service due to the shortage of metal caused by the war. The 15mm coin
is rarely offered and is unknown to many collectors
JP-110 JAPAN CLAY 1 SEN
SILVER JAPANESE TOKYO OLYMPIC COMMEMORATIVE
silver Japanese 100 Yen was issued to commemorate the 1964 Summer
Olympics held in Tokyo. The Games were the first Olympics to be held in
Asia and marked Japan's re-emergence as an economic power. It was the
first Olympic games to be broadcast live by satellite and the first to
be broadcast in color. This was
Japan's first commemorative coin and only the third time a coin had
been issued to commemorate the modern Olympics. Unlike most Olympic
today that made to be sold to collectors at exorbitant prices then
quickly drop in value, these silver 100 Yen Olympic coins were
available at Japanese banks at their face value of about 28 cents.
Though they have substantially increased in value since then, they are
still one of the least expensive silver Olympic coins on the market.
Featured on the coin is the Olympic torch and rings. The other side has
the denomination, the words "TOKYO 1964"
and the date in the Japanese Showa Era calendar. The 22.5mm coin is
truck in .600 fine silver and contains .0926 troy ounces of silver. The
coins are Uncirculated, though may be slightly toned.
JP-64OLY JAPAN 100 YEN 1964 OLYMPICS Y79
CELEBRATES THEIR BULLET TRAINS
celebrated the 50th anniversary of their famed bullet (Shinkensen)
trains with a series of nine 100 Yen coins featuring the
trains. The coins were issued over a two year
The first line, the Tokaido, opened in 1964, running Tokyo and
Kyoto. The network now covers over 1700 miles (2765km.) with
trains running as fast as 200 mph (320km/h). Each coin
one of the uniquely shaped trains along with the name of the line on
which it is used in Japanese and English. The 2015 issues feature the
Sanyo, Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku lines. The 2016 issues
the Kyusho and the recently opened Hokkaido lines, as well as two “mini
shinkensen” lines; Akita and Yamagata, which operate at lower
speeds The 22.6mm copper-nickel coins have a common reverse
depicting a head on view of the original Tokaido train. The
have a planned mintage of only 300,000 each. All coins are
JP-TRAIN JAPAN SET OF 9 100 YEN, 2015-2016,
TRAIN, UNC. $49.50
JNDA, THE CATALOG OF JAPANESE COINS AND BANKNOTES
This is THE standard reference for Japanese coins and notes.
It is an
excellent book, listing and pricing Japanese coins and currency from
ancient times to the present, including WWII Occupation issues and
Japanese Invasion Money. The book lists coins and varieties
in the Krause catalogs. Prices in Yen. Text in Japanese but
English titles and headings so it is easy to use.
308 pages, plus a
pull out chart of Japanese commemorative
coins. Highly recommended for
collectors of Japanese coins or paper money. Soft Cover.
BOOK-JNDA16 2016 JNDA THE CATALOG OF
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