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JAPANESE COINS & CURRENCY



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 1835-1870 C7AN UNUSUAL OLD JAPANESE COIN   Restocked

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-C18 JAPAN GOLD 2 SHU (1837-69)  VF out
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 out



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


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



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



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



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



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





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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