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Gold Koban(10 Ryo) of the Tokugawa Shogunate

This is quite an interesting piece of gold coin from ancient Japan issued under the Tokugawa Shogunate government. It is unique because the denomination and mint mark are inscribed in ink! During the reign,copper,gold and silver coins are issued. The gold coins were oval or rectangular slabs; the silver coins were bars or round lumps […]

1 Yen, Meiji Year 29 (1896) And Year 45 (1912)Tokyo Mint

Earlier article showed a one yen year 1894  Japanese dragon coin which explained some of its features. Below are another two more beautiful Japanese dragon motif coins for those coin collectors who loved the majestic dragon as part of  theme collection.  

Japan 1820-1837 Silver “Bean” Coin Mameita-Gin

Above picture is the Japan Bunsei silver “Bean” coin, Mameita-Gin, issued in 1820-37, Obv. God of Plenty  and characters, Weight: 8g. Size: ~16×14 mm Above picture is a Japan Bunsei silver “Bean” coin, Mameita-Gin, issued in 1820-37, Obv. special pattern and characters, Weight: 12g. Size: ~19.5×15.3 mm Above picture is a Japan Ansei silver “Bean” coin, Mameita-Gin, issued in 1859-65, Obv. 2 characters Sei, Weight: 11.2g.   Size: ~19×15 mm

History Of Coinage Under The Meiji Era(1867-1912)

The designs of the Meiji emperor’s new coins used Japanese motifs with a Chinese Inscription. The silver yen dated 1870 had a dragon on the front and a sun surrounded by a floral border on the back. The inscription around the dragon named the issuer, date and denomination. From 1873, the sun motif was replaced […]

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