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Japan, Hitachi Province, Kuji-Gun Ota, 1774, Shin Kanei Tsuho - Ku Ni

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Hitachi-Matsuoka was a feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan, located in Hitachi Province (modern-day Ibaraki Prefecture). It was centered in what is now the city of Takahagi. The 6th daimyo of Matsuoka, 1703-1711, Nakayama Nobutoshi, moved his residence to Ota, and the domain was then referred to as Hitachiota Domain. His descendants continued to reside at Ota until the time of the 10th daimyo, Nakayama Nobutaka, 1771-1819 who returned the seat of the clan back to Matsuoka.
JA92731. Iron 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.212, JNDA 133.68, Ogawa 318, VF/F, light rust, weight 2.434 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, Hitachi Province, Kuji-gun, Kizaki-mura, Ota mint, 1774; obverse kan ei tsu ho, claw on kan; reverse ku (Kuji-gun mintmark) above, ni below; $40.00 SALE |PRICE| $36.00


Japan, Mutsu Province, Sendai, Ishinomaki, 1784 - 1787, Sen Dai Tsu Ho

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Use of Sen Dai Tsu Ho coinage was strictly prohibited outside of the Mutsu Province.

Ishinomaki was seriously affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Approximately 46% of the city was inundated. Ishinomaki Okawa Elementary School lost 70 of 108 students and nine of 13 teachers and staff. As of 17 June 2011, a total of 3,097 deaths had been confirmed in Ishinomaki due to the tsunami, with 2,770 people remained unaccounted for. Approximately 29,000 city residents lost their homes.
JA92724. Iron sen, Hartill 6.30, JNDA 139.8, Krause KM 60, Jacobs-Vermeule -, F, light rust, weight 2.174 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Mutsu Province, Sendai, Ishinomaki mint, 1784 -1787; obverse Sen Dai Tsu Ho; reverse plain; $32.00 SALE |PRICE| $28.80


Japan, Mutsu Province, Sendai, Ishinomaki, 1784 - 1787, Sen Dai Tsu Ho

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Use of Sen Dai Tsu Ho coinage was strictly prohibited outside of the Mutsu Province.

Ishinomaki was seriously affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Approximately 46% of the city was inundated. Ishinomaki Okawa Elementary School lost 70 of 108 students and nine of 13 teachers and staff. As of 17 June 2011, a total of 3,097 deaths had been confirmed in Ishinomaki due to the tsunami, with 2,770 people remained unaccounted for. Approximately 29,000 city residents lost their homes.
JA92725. Iron sen, Hartill 6.30, JNDA 139.8, Krause KM 60, Jacobs-Vermeule -, F, light rust, light encrustation, weight 2.479 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, Mutsu Province, Sendai, Ishinomaki mint, 1784 -1787; obverse Sen Dai Tsu Ho; reverse plain; $32.00 SALE |PRICE| $28.80


Japan, Hitachi Province, Kuji-Gun Ota, 1768 - 1772, Shin Kanei Tsuho - Ku

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Hitachi-Matsuoka was a feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan, located in Hitachi Province (modern-day Ibaraki Prefecture). It was centered in what is now the city of Takahagi. The 6th daimyo of Matsuoka, 1703-1711, Nakayama Nobutoshi, moved his residence to Ota, and the domain was then referred to as Hitachiota Domain. His descendants continued to reside at Ota until the time of the 10th daimyo, Nakayama Nobutaka, 1771-1819 who returned the seat of the clan back to Matsuoka.
JA92732. Iron 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.211, JNDA 133.67, Ogawa 316, gF/Fair, corrosion, deposits, weight 3.263 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, Hitachi Province, Kuji-gun, Kizaki-mura, Ota mint, 1768 - 1772; obverse kan ei tsu ho, no claw on kan; reverse ku (Kuji-gun mintmark) above; $30.00 SALE |PRICE| $27.00


Japan, Asakusa and Kosuge, 1863 - 1868, Bunkyu Eiho - Nami, 11 Waves

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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 Jade Ho script was written by Matsudaira Yoshinaga, a powerful Japanese feudal lord of the Edo period. He is counted as one of the "Four Wise Lords of the Bakumatsu period"
JA92726. Bronze 4 mon, Nami (wave) cash; Hartill EJC 5.19, Jacobs-Vermeule K903, Krause C 6b, Jones Kanei 346-49, aVF, scrapes (normal for the type), weight 3.702 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 0o, Asakusa and Kosuge mint, 1863 - 1868; obverse bun kyu ei ho, gyoku or tama ho (Jade Ho) script, bottom of ho components simplified, "wide" rim on hole; reverse eleven waves; $20.00 SALE |PRICE| $18.00


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

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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.
CH91261. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.102; Ogawa 25; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K302; Jones Kanei 12; SCWC KM C1.2, gVF, weight 3.486 g, maximum diameter 25.0 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); $14.00 SALE |PRICE| $12.60


Japan, Various Mints, Edo Period, c. 1636 - 1868, Kanei Tsuho

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In 1636, the Tokugawa shogunate introduced Kanei Tsuho coins 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 used for small payments. Although the Kanei era ended in 1643, coins continued to bear the Kanei Tsuho legend for 230 years. By the 1650s, 16 private mints were opened across Japan. The shogunate outsourced the mintage to regional and local merchants who cast them at varying weights and sizes, as well as occasionally having local mint marks. Kanei Tsuho produced before 1668, referred to as "old Kanei" coins, are recognizable by their consistent calligraphic style. Kanei Tsuho coins produced 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.
JA87039. Copper 1 mon, Hartill EJC 4.1 - 4.219; SCWC KM 5 (1606), weight c. 2.8 g, maximum diameter c. 23 mm, c. 1636 - 1868; obverse kan ei tsu ho (universal treasure of Kwan Ei); reverse plain; many varieties in the lot, near VF or better, quality and patina varies, some with minor flaws, bumps, scratches, encrustations, similar to the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $4.00 SALE |PRICE| $3.60







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