Japan 1853-1865 (Kaei era) Silver Isshu-Gin; Group available; weight 1.89g; 10mm x 15mm size; Single coin ; Group of 20 coins for each (please email us for a larger quantity up to 500 coins at a low wholesale price) Japan 1877; Bronze 2 Sen; Meiji year 10; Variety with V shaped scales on the dragon; KM Y 18.2; Really nice coin with even color and lively fields; some red remains in the devices along with a touch of blue toning; NGC certified MS-63 BN Japan 1901; Gold 10 Yen; Meiji year 34; JNDA 01-7; From the Japan gold hoard held in San Francisco; Japanese Government Ministry of Finance holder (from their auction); Better date coin with a few bag marks; PCGS graded MS-64 (includes PCGS photo cert) Japan 1908; Gold 10 Yen; Meiji year 41; JNDA 01-7; From the Japan gold hoard held in San Francisco; Japanese Government Ministry of Finance holder (from their auction); Nice luster and no problems; PCGS graded MS-65 (includes PCGS photo cert) Vietnam 1820-1841; Annam; Minh Mang; Pattern or Fantasy Gold 2 Tien; It has been suggested this coin was minted in Japan; In August 1903 the Emperor ordered the minting of new gold coins to reward Europeans and others for exceptional service; Weight 7.9g; AU-UNC Japan 1832-1858 (Tempo Era) Tsutsumi-Gin (Bean money original moneyer sealed pack) Kyoto moneyer (seal stamped on reverse) dating back to the Tempo era; Sealed in the early 1800s this rare un-opened package contains about 570g of Japanese Mameita-gin (bean money); As the weight of bean money varies; this pack may contain about 150 pieces with most being perhaps uncirculated!
A rare museum piece that may be the only one in the United States and definitely a highlight of any pre-Meiji collection.
Global trade has been a thing for a long time, with items occasionally showing up in odd places.
For instance, blue glass beads from Egypt showing up in Bronze-Age Denmark.
Please feel free to send us an E-Mail with a detailed description (or an image if possible), and we will try to help you find out what your item is.
Spade money is a complex subject, but there are only a few general forms into which most examples fall, the most common of which are currently listed (more will be added soon).
The identification of Chinese cast coins can be difficult, even for those who can read the characters.
This will be a work in progress for some time to come, as we add more types. If we need more information, you will be presented with another selection of choices.
"I was so excited I almost forgot what I was there for, and the coins were all we talked about," said Toshio Tsukamoto of the Gangoji Institute for Research of Cultural Property in Nara, an ancient Japanese capital near Kyoto. How did the coins, some dating to the third or fourth century, wind up half a world away in a medieval Japanese castle on the island of Okinawa?
Experts suspect they may have arrived centuries later via China or Southeast Asia, not as currency but as decoration or treasure.
While the find has yet to be submitted for publication in an academic journal, an outside expert is convinced that the coins are real.
(Uruma City Board of Education via AP) He had been to archaeological sites in Italy and Egypt, and recognized the "little round things" as old coins, including a few likely dating to the Roman Empire.