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Coins of Japan

Japan, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Edo Period, 1603 - 1868

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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.
CH91260. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.002; Ogawa 25; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K302; Jones Kanei 12; SCWC KM C1.2, gVF, weight 3.23 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 0o, Kameido, Musashi Province, Edo mint, 1668 - 1683; obverse kan ei tsu ho, distinct hooked tsu, delicate characters; reverse Bun (Kambun era); $14.00 (12.32)


Japan, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Edo Period, 1603 - 1868

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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 4.002; 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, Kameido, Musashi Province, Edo mint, 1668 - 1683; obverse kan ei tsu ho, distinct hooked tsu, delicate characters; reverse Bun (Kambun era); $14.00 (12.32)


Japan, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Edo Period, 1603 - 1868

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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.
CH91259. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.002; Ogawa 25; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K302; Jones Kanei 11; SCWC KM C1.2, VF, attractive toning, weight 3.056 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, Kameido, Musashi Province, Edo mint, 1668 - 1683; obverse kan ei tsu ho, distinct hooked tsu, delicate characters; reverse Bun (Kambun era); $12.00 (10.56)


Japan, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Edo Period, 1603 - 1868

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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.
CH91262. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.002; Ogawa 25; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K302; Jones Kanei 12; SCWC KM C1.2, VF, weight 4.097 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, Kameido, Musashi Province, Edo mint, 1668 - 1683; obverse kan ei tsu ho, distinct hooked tsu, delicate characters; reverse Bun (Kambun era); $12.00 (10.56)


Japan, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Edo Period, 1603 - 1868

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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.
CH91263. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.000; Ogawa 1; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K302; Jones Kanei 4; SCWC KM C1.2, VF, weight 3.633 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, die axis 0o, Kameido, Musashi Province, Edo mint, 1668 - 1683; obverse kan ei tsu ho; reverse Bun (Kambun era) top of bun touches horizontal stroke; $12.00 (10.56)


Japan, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Edo Period, 1603 - 1868

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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.
CH91265. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.000; Ogawa 1; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K302; Jones Kanei 4; SCWC KM C1.2, VF, weight 3.506 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 0o, Kameido, Musashi Province, Edo mint, 1668 - 1683; obverse kan ei tsu ho; reverse Bun (Kambun era) top of bun touches horizontal stroke; $12.00 (10.56)


Japan, Kanei Tsuho, Edo Period, 1603 - 1868

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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 (3.52)







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