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Japan. Tokugawa Shogunate. Shin-Kanei Tsuho (new Kanei Tsuho). Fukyu-te: Fushimite-sen
Hartill 4.129-30 var.; Jones (2007) 219 var; KM C 1.1 var; Zeno # 254710

1 mon (cast copper alloy), cast 1736-1740 (Genbun 1-5), uncertain mint; 2.56 g., 23.51 mm. max.

Obv: 寛永通寶 Kanei tsuho

Rev: Blank

Seven mints cast coins in Fukyu-te (Fukyu script, or in the manner of Fukyu), which are named after a Nagasaki merchant who studied the series. The distinguishing characteristics are a prominent protruding 爪 tsume/claw at the bottom left of the 貝 kai component of 寶 ho, and a closed マ ma/head on 通 tsu. The head of the 永 ei is also drooping. On the Zeno website, the coins in the series are orgamized as The five mints of Kanei Tsuho with the character EI inclined to the left, although in many cases this inclination does not appear to be present.

Hartill notes that specialist works list many varieties of Fukyu-te (without reference to the number specifically from each mint) and that the varieties are difficult to tell apart. This is an understatement. The coins cast by the different mints can often be distinguished principally by size and weight, with those cast at the Fushimi mint having a diameter of 23.0-24.0 mm. and a weight of 1.9-2.8 g. By weight, this coin appears to be a Fushimi-sen, however on all coins cast at that mint the two inner horizontal strokes in the 目 me portion of the 見 ken component of 寛 kan are slight, whereas they are prominent on this coin. The coin is a Fushimite-sen (in the style of Fishimi-te). None are listed in Hartill or Jones. On this coin the ken component of kan has a prominent vertical stroke and the 永 ei is centered and lacks a distinctive hook on its right arm.
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