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RECTANGULAR GOLD COIN OF 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 A few years after this coin was introduced, Japan adopted western style round coins, so these coins were soon withdrawn from circulation and many were melted.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



INEXPENSIVE GOLD COIN FROM COCHIN, INDIA 

Gold Fannam from Cochin, India, circa 1600-1850AD, (KM10)Cochin is an ancient trading port located near the southern tip of India.  It traded with the Romans in ancient times. Vasco da Gama set up a trading center in Cochin in 1502.   Over the years control of the region changed hands many times.  These tiny gold fannams were produced in Cochin from about 1795 to 1850, regardless of who was in control. The coins were popular with the natives as it allowed even the poor to be able to hoard gold. The coins are about 7 to 9mm in diameter and weigh between about .3 and .4 grams.   The design consists of a series of lines and dots.  It is one of the least expensive gold coins available today.
Item IN-COCHIN-10 COCHIN, INDIA GOLD FANNAM (1795-1850) KM10 VF-XF $39.75



DEBASED GOLD STATER FROM HINDU KASHMIR

Kashmir base gold stater, Harsha, 1089-1101AD MNI 185 ffThis base gold Stater was issued by Harsha, who was the king of Kashmir from 1089 to 1101AD.  The crude coin is approximately 15mm.  One side has a crude depiction of the Goddess Ardoksho enthroned.  The other depicts the king standing.  A bit of gold is visible but the coin is mostly copper.  Harsha was imprisoned for plotting to kill his father the king, because he felt his allowance was insufficient.  After the death of his father he escaped from prison, overthrew his younger brother who had been given the throne and proclaimed himself king.  He was cultured and handsome but a corrupt and cruel man with extravagant tastes who engaged in incest.  Initially the kingdom did well economically, resulting in a large volume of coinage.  He soon became unpopular due to increasingly heavy taxation to support his indulgent lifestyle and failed military ventures.  Even night soil was taxed!  In 1099 his kingdom was ravaged by famine, plague and widespread lawlessness. He continued to plunder his own subjects and even looted the temples. He was murdered in 1101 when he tried to take control of land from the feudatory landlords
Item KASH-HARSHA KASHMIR BASE GOLD STATER, HARSHA 1089-1101, MNI 185 ff,  VG-CRUDE $19.75






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