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Japan, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido, 1668 - 1683, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Bun Sen

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Musashi| |Province,| |Edo,| |Kameido,| |1668| |-| |1683,| |Shin| |Kanei| |Tsuho,| |Bun| |Sen||1| |mon|
The new Kanei was first cast in the village of Kameido in A.D. 1668, just outside of Tokyo. The Daibutsu image of Buddha was destroyed by an earthquake in 1662 and these coins were made from the remaining metal making it a highly desirable coin. It is thought to contain small amounts of gold or silver and is sought after for that reason too.
JA98242. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.102; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K302; Ogawa 25; Jones Kanei 1-19; SCWC KM C1.2, gF, weight 3.625 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 0o, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido mint, 1668 - 1683; obverse kan ei tsu ho, distinct hooked tsu, delicate characters (Saiji); reverse Bun (Kambun era); $10.00 SALE PRICE $9.00
 


Japan, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido, 1668 - 1683, Shin Kanei Tsuho

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Musashi| |Province,| |Edo,| |Kameido,| |1668| |-| |1683,| |Shin| |Kanei| |Tsuho||1| |mon|
The new Kanei was first cast in the village of Kameido in A.D. 1668, just outside of Tokyo. The Daibutsu image of Buddha was destroyed by an earthquake in 1662 and these coins were made from the remaining metal making it a highly desirable coin. It is thought to contain small amounts of gold or silver and is sought after for that reason too.
JA98243. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.103; Ogawa 27; SCWC KM C1.10; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K301; cf. Jones Kanei 29, VF, weight 3.362 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 0o, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido mint, 1668 - 1683; obverse kan ei tsu ho, distinct hooked tsu, delicate characters (Saiji); reverse plain; $10.00 SALE PRICE $9.00
 


Japan, Nagasaki Trade Coins, 1659 - 1685, For Trade with Vietnam

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Nagasaki| |Trade| |Coins,| |1659| |-| |1685,| |For| |Trade| |with| |Vietnam||cash|
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.
JA93040. Bronze cash, Hartill EJC 3.176 (copies Northern Song, Yuan Feng Ton Bao, Hartill 16.234), weight c. 3.1 g, maximum diameter c. 23 mm, Nagasaki mint, 1668 - 1685; obverse Gen Ho Tsu Ho (Vietnamese: Nguyen Phong Thong Bao), li (clerical) script, clockwise, one dot Tsu, large characters; reverse plain; many varieties in the lot, Fine or better, quality and patina varies, some with minor flaws, bumps, scratches, encrustations, similar to the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $8.00 SALE PRICE $7.20 Out of Stock!


Japan, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido, 1708 - 1712, Shin Kanei Tsuho

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Musashi| |Province,| |Edo,| |Kameido,| |1708| |-| |1712,| |Shin| |Kanei| |Tsuho||1| |mon|
The new Kanei was first cast in the village of Kameido in A.D. 1668, just outside of Tokyo. The Daibutsu image of Buddha was destroyed by an earthquake in 1662 and these coins were made from the remaining metal making it a highly desirable coin. It is thought to contain small amounts of gold or silver and is sought after for that reason too.
JA98241. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.110; Ogawa 62; cf. SCWC KM C1.10; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K301, VF, dark patina, weight 2.516 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 0o, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido mint, 1708 - 1712; obverse kan ei tsu ho, hooked head of ei, hooked right arm of ei; reverse plain; $10.00 SALE PRICE $6.00
 


Japan, Edo Period, c. 1626 - 1738, Kanei Tsuho

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Edo| |Period,| |c.| |1626| |-| |1738,| |Kanei| |Tsuho||1| |mon|
In 1636, the Tokugawa shogunate introduced the Kanei Tsuho coin to standardize copper coins and maintain a sufficient coin supply. These coins, the first government minted copper coins in 700 years, became the daily currency of the common people used for small payments. Although the Kanei era ended in 1643, coins continued to bear the Kanei Tsuho legend for 230 years. Kanei Tsuho produced before 1668, "old Kanei" coins, are recognizable by their consistent calligraphic style. Kanei Tsuho coins after 1668, "new Kanei" coins, have more diverse calligraphic styles. From 1738 government authorized iron Kanei Tsuho 1 mon coins, and in 1866 iron 4 mon Kanei Tsuho were authorized.
CH98640. Copper 1 mon, near Fine or better, with minor flaws, bumps, scratches, encrustations, c. 1626 - 1738; obverse kan ei tsu ho; reverse plain; randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, no more specific identification provided, ONE COIN; $4.00 SALE PRICE $2.00
 







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