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Portuguese Malacca, Sebastian I, 1554 - 1578

|Portugal|, |Portuguese| |Malacca,| |Sebastian| |I,| |1554| |-| |1578||2| |bazarucos|
The crossed arrows symbolize the martyrdom of St. Sebastian. The two dots and initials indicate a value of 2 bazarucos. An armillary sphere is a model of objects in the sky, consisting of a spherical framework of rings, centered on Earth or the Sun, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude and other astronomically important features, such as the ecliptic. The flag of Portugal features an armillary sphere.
ME92092. 2 bazarucos, Singh S.17, Mitchiner NI 3150 - 3153, VF, deposits, weight 2.354 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Malacca (Malaysia) mint, 1554 - 1578; obverse three arrows crossed and tied in the center, two raised dots between arrow tips and B-A flanking across field (2 bazarucos); reverse crude armillary sphere with ecliptic band above three parallels falling from right to left, raised dots at equator and the poles; scarce; $80.00 SALE PRICE $64.00 ON RESERVE


Korea, Choson (Yi) Dynasty, 1392 - 1910

|Korea|, |Korea,| |Choson| |(Yi)| |Dynasty,| |1392| |-| |1910||1| |mun|
Beginning in 1633 A.D., during the reign of King Injo, the famine relief "Stabilization Office" (Sangpyongchong) began to cast coins using the first two characters of the office name (sang pyong) in the inscription (sang pyong tong bo), meaning "always even universal currency." Sang pyong tong bo coins were cast from 1633 to 1891 and circulated for over 300 years. Numerous government offices and military mints produced the coins as a source of funding, and many were also privately cast. The places indicated by the mintmark were not necessarily the actual mint; they were offices granted the right of coinage. They may have been minted for the office at another location.
KO110411. Copper 1 mun, Velde-Hartill type 20.1.2, SCWC KM 175, CKCB 18.262, Craig LCC 20, aVF, light deposits and encrustations, mold error on rev. on Hye (3 straight lines), weight 3.218 g, maximum diameter 24.42 mm, die axis 0o, Seoul, Board of Revenue mint, 1806; obverse Sang Pyong Tong Bo (always even universal currency), one dot tong, hooks on pyong; reverse Hye (Rice and Cloth Department) mintmark above, Sam (three) below; $22.00 SALE PRICE $19.80


Japan, Bunkyu Eiho, Edo Period, 1863 - 1868

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Bunkyu| |Eiho,| |Edo| |Period,| |1863| |-| |1868||4| |mon|
The very first four mon coins, issued in 1768, had 21 waves on the reverse. Later four mon coins, all with 11 waves on the reverse, were produced. Bunkyu Eiho (eternally circulating treasure of the Bunkyu Era) were mostly made out of old 1 mon coins and contain no zinc. The cursive script was written by the court councilor Itakura Katsuyoshi.
JA110393. Bronze 4 mon, Hartill EJC 5.17, Jacobs-Vermeule K902, SCWC KM C 6a, JNDA 138.2, VF, scrapes (normal for the type), weight 4.460 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 0o, Asakusa and Kosuge mint, 1863 - 1868; obverse bun kyu ei ho, so bun (cursive) script, wide rim on hole; reverse 11 waves; $16.00 SALE PRICE $14.40


Japan, Bunkyu Eiho, Edo Period, 1863 - 1868

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Bunkyu| |Eiho,| |Edo| |Period,| |1863| |-| |1868||4| |mon|
The very first four mon coins, issued in 1768, had 21 waves on the reverse. Later four mon coins, all with 11 waves on the reverse, were produced. Bunkyu Eiho (eternally circulating treasure of the Bunkyu Era) were mostly made out of old 1 mon coins and contain no zinc. The cursive script was written by the court councilor Itakura Katsuyoshi.
JA110396. Bronze 4 mon, Hartill EJC 5.17, Jacobs-Vermeule K902, SCWC KM C 6a, JNDA 138.2, VF, scrapes (normal for the type), weight 3.959 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 0o, Asakusa and Kosuge mint, 1863 - 1868; obverse bun kyu ei ho, so bun (cursive) script, wide rim on hole; reverse 11 waves; $16.00 SALE PRICE $14.40


Japan, Bunkyu Eiho, Edo Period, 1863 - 1868

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Bunkyu| |Eiho,| |Edo| |Period,| |1863| |-| |1868||4| |mon|
The very first four mon coins, issued in 1768, had 21 waves on the reverse. Later four mon coins, all with 11 waves on the reverse, were produced. Bunkyu Eiho (eternally circulating treasure of the Bunkyu Era) were mostly made out of old 1 mon coins and contain no zinc. The cursive script was written by the court councilor Itakura Katsuyoshi.
JA110397. Bronze 4 mon, Hartill EJC 5.17, Jacobs-Vermeule K902, SCWC KM C 6a, JNDA 138.2, VF, scrapes (normal for the type), dark patina, trace deposits, weight 4.536 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 0o, Asakusa and Kosuge mint, 1863 - 1868; obverse bun kyu ei ho, so bun (cursive) script, wide rim on hole; reverse 11 waves; $16.00 SALE PRICE $14.40


Japan, Bunkyu Eiho, Edo Period, 1863 - 1868

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Bunkyu| |Eiho,| |Edo| |Period,| |1863| |-| |1868||4| |mon|
The very first four mon coins, issued in 1768, had 21 waves on the reverse. Later four mon coins, all with 11 waves on the reverse, were produced. Bunkyu Eiho (eternally circulating treasure of the Bunkyu Era) were mostly made out of old 1 mon coins and contain no zinc. The cursive script was written by the court councilor Itakura Katsuyoshi.
JA110398. Bronze 4 mon, Hartill EJC 5.17, Jacobs-Vermeule K902, SCWC KM C 6a, JNDA 138.2, aVF, scrapes (normal for the type), very dark patina, weight 3.757 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 0o, Asakusa and Kosuge mint, 1863 - 1868; obverse bun kyu ei ho, so bun (cursive) script, wide rim on hole; reverse 11 waves; $16.00 SALE PRICE $14.40


Korea, Choson (Yi) Dynasty, 1392 - 1910

|Korea|, |Korea,| |Choson| |(Yi)| |Dynasty,| |1392| |-| |1910||1| |mun|
Beginning in 1633 A.D., during the reign of King Injo, the famine relief "Stabilization Office" (Sangpyongchong) began to cast coins using the first two characters of the office name (sang pyong) in the inscription (sang pyong tong bo), meaning "always even universal currency." Sang pyong tong bo coins were cast from 1633 to 1891 and circulated for over 300 years. Numerous government offices and military mints produced the coins as a source of funding, and many were also privately cast. The places indicated by the mintmark were not necessarily the actual mint; they were offices granted the right of coinage. They may have been minted for the office at another location.
KO110412. Copper 1 mun, Velde-Hartill type 28.17.2, SCWC KM 466.2, CKCB 18.323, Craig LCC 6, F, trace deposits, weight 4.661 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 0o, Seoul, Board of Revenue mint, 1832; obverse Sang Pyong Tong Bo (always even universal currency), one dot tong, hooks on pyong; reverse Hun (Military Training Command) mintmark above, I (two) left, Won (first) below; $16.00 SALE PRICE $14.40


Japan, Bunkyu Eiho, Edo Period, 1863 - 1868

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Bunkyu| |Eiho,| |Edo| |Period,| |1863| |-| |1868||4| |mon|
The very first four mon coins, issued in 1768, had 21 waves on the reverse. Later four mon coins, all with 11 waves on the reverse, were produced. Bunkyu Eiho (eternally circulating treasure of the Bunkyu Era) were mostly made out of old 1 mon coins and contain no zinc. The cursive script was written by the court councilor Itakura Katsuyoshi.
JA110395. Bronze 4 mon, Hartill EJC 5.17, Jacobs-Vermeule K902, SCWC KM C 6a, JNDA 138.2, VF, scrapes (normal for the type), dark patina, weight 3.696 g, maximum diameter 27.2 mm, die axis 0o, Asakusa and Kosuge mint, 1863 - 1868; obverse bun kyu ei ho, so bun (cursive) script, wide rim on hole; reverse 11 waves; $15.00 SALE PRICE $13.50


Japan, Musashi Province, Edo, Fukagawa, 1769 - 1788, Meiwa-sen, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Nami 11 Waves

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Musashi| |Province,| |Edo,| |Fukagawa,| |1769| |-| |1788,| |Meiwa-sen,| |Shin| |Kanei| |Tsuho,| |Nami| |11| |Waves||4| |mon|
The very first four mon coins, issued in 1768, had 21 waves on the reverse. Later four mon coins, all with 11 waves on the reverse, can be dated by the type and color of the metal. Meiwa-sen, brassy alloy (68% copper, 24% zinc, and 8% tin), was used for the first 11 wave issue, 1769 - 1788. Bunsei-sen, reddish alloy (75% copper, 15% zinc, and 10% lead), was used for the second issue, 1821 - 1825. Ansei-sen, dark alloy (65% copper, 15% zinc, and 20% lead), was used for the third issue, 1857 - 1859. After 1866, all four mon coins were cast in iron.
JA110402. Brass 4 mon, New Kanei; Meiwa-sen (brassy alloy); Shoji; Hartill EJC 4.252; Jacobs-Vermeule K602; Jones Kanei 202; Ogawa 329; SCWC KM C 4.2, VF, trace deposits, weight 5.216 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 0o, Musashi Province, Edo, Sendashinden Fukagawa mint, 1769 - 1788; obverse kan ei tsu ho, Shoji (regular characters) variety; reverse 11 waves; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60 ON RESERVE


Japan, Musashi Province, Edo, Fukagawa, 1769 - 1788, Meiwa-sen, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Nami 11 Waves

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Musashi| |Province,| |Edo,| |Fukagawa,| |1769| |-| |1788,| |Meiwa-sen,| |Shin| |Kanei| |Tsuho,| |Nami| |11| |Waves||4| |mon|
The very first four mon coins, issued in 1768, had 21 waves on the reverse. Later four mon coins, all with 11 waves on the reverse, can be dated by the type and color of the metal. Meiwa-sen, brassy alloy (68% copper, 24% zinc, and 8% tin), was used for the first 11 wave issue, 1769 - 1788. Bunsei-sen, reddish alloy (75% copper, 15% zinc, and 10% lead), was used for the second issue, 1821 - 1825. Ansei-sen, dark alloy (65% copper, 15% zinc, and 20% lead), was used for the third issue, 1857 - 1859. After 1866, all four mon coins were cast in iron.
JA110403. Brass 4 mon, New Kanei; Meiwa-sen (brassy alloy); Shoji; Hartill EJC 4.252; Jacobs-Vermeule K602; Jones Kanei 202; Ogawa 329; SCWC KM C 4.2, VF, scratches, marks, weight 4.475 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 0o, Musashi Province, Edo, Sendashinden Fukagawa mint, 1769 - 1788; obverse kan ei tsu ho, Shoji (regular characters) variety; reverse 11 waves; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60




  



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Krause, C. & C. Mishler. Standard Catalog of World Coins. (Iola, WI, 2010 - ).
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