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COPPER 1 MON & 4 MON COINS OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN  

Japan 1 Mon Edo (Tokyo) mint (1668-1700)Japan 4 Mon (1669-1860)In 1636 the Tokugawa shogunate introduced a copper 1 Mon coin.  The four characters on the obverse: Kan Ei Tsu Ho translate as "precious currency of Kan'ei".  It was the first government issued copper coins in 700 years. Japan continued to use the same obverse design on copper coins for the next 230 years.  In 1668 Japan introduced a new variety of the 1 Mon coin which featured the Japanese character "bun" on the reverse, indicating the coin was made at the Edo (now Tokyo) mint. The "bun" type contiued to be produced until about 1700.  A new variety of 4 Mon was intorduced in 1669.  The coin had the same obverse as the 1 Mon, but had 11 waves on the reverse to make it easily distinguishable from the slightly smaller 1 Mon.   It was minted intermentiedly until 1860. With the introduction of the Yen in 1870, the 1 Mon was valued at 1 Rin (1/1000 Yen) and the 4 Mon at 2 Rin.  The coins were allowed to remain in circulation until 1891. They are inexpensive coins of the Shoguns of Japan.
Item JP-EDO JAPAN 1 MON EDO (TOKYO) MINTMARK (1668-1700) C1.2 VF $3.00
NEW Item JP-4MON JAPAN 4 MON (1669-1860) C4.2 F $4.50



Japan oblong 100 Mon 1835-1870 C7AN 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 $18.00



RECTANGULAR SILVER COINS OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN 

Japan silver 1 Bu 1837-1868Japan Isshu Gin (1 Shu Silver) 1853-1865These 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 silver 1 Bu (Ichi bu Gin) 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 Gin) 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. 
Item JP-AR1BU JAPAN SILVER 1 BU (1837-68) VF-XF $49.95
Item JP-AR1SHU JAPAN SILVER 1 SHU (1853-65) C12 VF-XF $29.95



INEXPENSIVE OLD GOLD COIN OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN  Restocked

Japan rectangular gold 2 Shu (1860-69) The Gold 2 Shu (Nishu) was minted from 1860 until 1869. It was one of the last coins issued by the once powerful Shoguns who ruled Japan until 1867.   The rectangular coin is approximately 11.5mm x 6.5mm and struck in an alloy of 23% gold, 77% silver.  Despite being over 150 years old it is one of the least expensive gold coins available to collectors today.
Item JP-AU2SHU JAPAN GOLD 2 SHU (1860-69)  VF $85.00



RECTANGULAR GOLD COIN FROM THE MEIJI RESTORATION OF JAPAN  Restocked

Japan gold 1 Bu rectangular gold coinThis 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-AU2BU  JAPAN GOLD 2 BU (1867-1869)  C21d VF $125.00




JAPAN SILVER 1000 YEN 1964 OLYMPIC COIN

Japan silver 1000 Yen 1964 Tokyo Olympics depicts Mt. Fuji, Y80Mount Fuji is featured on this attractive 1964 silver 1000 Yen coin.  The coin was issued to commemorate the Olympic Games that were held in Tokyo that year.  The reverse includes the denomination and the Olympic rings flanked by cherry blossoms. The coin is dated Year 39 of the Showa era, which corresponds to 1964.  The 35mm coin contains .5948 troy ounces of silver.
Item JP-1000Y-64 JAPAN 1000 YEN 1964 OLYMPICS Y80 UNC. $35.00



JAPAN MULTI-COLORED SILVER EARTHQUAKE RELIEF COINS 

Japan silver multi-color 1000 Yen Great East Japan Earthquake Relief 2015: Boat and Origami Crane
Japan issued these two multi-colored silver 1000 Yen coins in 2015 to help raise funds for the rebuilding effort after the Great East Japan Earthquake, also called the Tohoku Earthquake which occurred March 3, 2011.  The magnitude 9.1 earthquake was the largest ever recorded in Japan.  The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that may have reached heights over 130 feet (40.5m), traveled up to 6 miles (10km.) inland and led to the meltdown of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.   As of 2015, when the coins were issued, almost a quarter of a million people were still displaced from their homes.  The first coin depicts a fishing boat with numerous flags and banners coming to the rescue.  Ears of rice are to the left It has a mintage of 60,000.   The second coin features an origami paper crane flying over the reconstruction zone.  It has a mintage of only 40,000.  Both coins have the same reverse depicting a tree and birds in flight.  The legend translates as "Let's do our best Japan".  The coins are dated Heisei ear year 27, which corresponds to 2015AD.  They are 40mm and contain 1 troy ounce of .999 silver and come in their original boxes with Certificates of Authenticity.
Item JP-BOAT JAPAN 1000 YEN 2015 BOAT Y242 PROOF $75.00
Item JP-CRANE JAPAN 1000 YEN 2015 CRANE Y243 PROOF $75.00



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 7.00
Item MAN-5F MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a G-VG $7.00



JAPANESE INVASION MONEY

WWII Japanese Invasion notes: Burma 10 Rupees, Malaya 10 Dollars, Philippines 10 Pesos
As Japanese forces  conquered Burma, Malaya and the Philippines in World War II they introduced their own currency.  Anyone found with any other type of currency was subject to severe punishment.  As English was the official language of these three colonies, the notes were printed in English and were denominated in the currency that had been in circulation.  The notes were only labeled “THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT” without mentioning the colony.  The red 10 Rupee note for Burma depict the Ananda Temple in Bagan.  The dark blue and yellow 10 Dollar note for Malaya bananas, breadfruit and coconuts and a ship steaming in the horizon on the back.   The black and light blue Philippine 10 Pesos note depicts a banana plantation.
Item PM-JIM3 JAPANESE INVASION MONEY: BURMA 10 RUPEE, MALAYA $10 & PHILIPPINES 10 PESOS VF-AU $4.00
Item PM-JIM3x10 10 SETS OF THE ABOVE THREE JAPANESE INVASION MONEY VF-AU $22.50



JAPANESE INVASION OF THE UNITED STATES?

Malaya 10 Dollars Japanese Invasion Money PM7c
When these 10 Dollar notes issued by The Japanese Government started showing up shortly after World War II, many people took it as proof that Japan planned to invade the United States, and had their new currency for the United States already printed.  The story was repeated so many times that many believed it must be true.  Though the Japanese government did print the notes, they were for use in Malaya, which Japan conquered by early 1942, not the United States.   Like the United States, Malaya called their currency the Dollar.  However, the design is much more suited to Malaya than the United States.  The front features bananas, breadfruit and coconuts. The back pictures palm trees and a ship steaming on the horizon. Each note has two sets of block letters, starting with the letter “M”, which stood for Malaya.  As an anti-counterfeiting measure tiny colored silk threads were embedded into the paper.  These unissued, Crisp Uncirculated 10 Dollar notes were abandoned by the Japanese forces in Malaya after Japan’s surrender in 1945.  They sat in storage for many years since then.   Today they are historic collector’s items recalling Japan’s unsuccessful attempt to extend her empire across Asia in World War II.
Item PM-MY-JIM$10 JAPANESE INVASION OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS  PM7c UNC. $3.00
Item PM-MY-JIM$10x10 10 of the above JAPANESE INVASION OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS  PM7c UNC. $15.00


Book: Mabooshi Japanese Ceramic Coinage - circa 1945 by Gregory HaleNEWBOOK: JAPANESE CERAMIC COINAGE, CIRCA 1945

By Gregory Hale  A detailed study of the varieties, designs, production techniques, and factories that made these scarce and mysterious ceramic coins made by Japan in the closing days of World War II.  Contains a listing that includes many little-known varieties of this unusual coinage. Well-illustrated. 48 pages, softcover, 5.75" x 8"
Item BOOK-CERM   JAPANESE CERAMIC COINAGE BOOK    $22.00






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