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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Asian Coins| > |Japan| > JA96846
Japan, Nagasaki Trade Coins, 1659 - 1685, For Trade with Vietnam
|Japan|, |Japan,| |Nagasaki| |Trade| |Coins,| |1659| |-| |1685,| |For| |Trade| |with| |Vietnam|, From 1641, under the Sakoku isolationist policy, Nagasaki was the only Japanese port open to trade with Vietnam. Japan traded silver and copper for raw silk, sugar spices and sandalwood. Nagasaki Trade Coins were cast from 1659 to 1685. By law, they could not bear the officially issued Kanei Tsuho inscription. The inscription on this type copies Chinese Northern Song Dynasty cash coins, inscribed Yuan Feng Tong Bao, issued 960 - 1122. The clerical script style on these imitatives is quite different from the Song coins. A string of these trade coins was worth 1 liang of silver in Japan but 10.5 liang of silver in Vietnam! Copies of this type were also cast in Vietnam; their style is even further removed from their Song prototypes.
JA96846. Bronze cash, Hartill EJC 3.171 (copies Northern Song, Yuan Feng Ton Bao, Hartill 16.234), VF, light dusting deposits, Nagasaki mint, weight 3.375g, maximum diameter 24.3mm, die axis 0o, early issue, 1659 - 1667; obverse Gen Ho Tsu Ho (Vietnamese: Nguyen Phong Thong Bao), li (clerical) script, clockwise, two dot Tsu, medium size characters, bao with left closed and right open (horizontal lines within the lower half rectangle touch the left side only); reverse plain; $12.00











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