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antique 1668-1700 Japan 1 Mon cash coin pendant Kanei Tsuho Kanji Fukuoka Kawasaki Saitama Hiroshima Sendai Chiba shogun Edo Nippon n001076

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circa 1668-1700 Japanese 1 Mon {56S}

FEATURING
front: Inscription Kwan-Ei Tsu-Ho
 寛
寶 通
 永
back: "Bun" above, 文 mon

Talk about holding history in your hands - literally! This 1668-Bun 1 Mon Square Hole Kanei Tsuho coin is 340 years old! It was cast in solid copper nearly three and a half centuries ago in what is now modern Tokyo, then called Edo (Yedo or Yeddo). These coins were issued by the most powerful warlord in the land, the de facto ruler of Japan, the Tokugawa Shogun Ietsuna, the fourth of this dynasty. Think of all the hands this coin has passed through and how much history it has witnessed!

Kan'ei Tsūhō (Kyūjitai: 寛永通寳; Shinjitai: 寛永通宝) was an inscription used on Japanese mon coins from 1626 until 1868 during the Edo period. In 1636, the Kan'ei Tsūhō coin was introduced by the government of the Tokugawa shogunate as a means to standardise copper coins and keep up a sufficient supply of copper coinage, being the first government minted copper coin in 700 years. The government adopted them from after their successful introduction in the Mito domain 10 years prior during the 3rd year of the Kan'ei era. These coins would become the daily currency of the common people and would be used for small payments.[3][4][5] Due to the isolationist policies of the Tokugawa shogunate, the outflow of currency halted and Kan'ei Tsūhō coins would continue to stay the main coin circulating in Japan. Kan'ei Tsūhō were minted for 230 years despite the fact that the Kan'ei era ended in 1643. Kan'ei Tsūhō coins would continue to bear the Kan'ei legend, even when a new denomination of the coin was introduced a century later. They were not all uniform as the shogunate had intended, as the mintage was outsourced to regional and local merchants who would cast them at varying weights and sizes, as well as occasionally with local mint marks. By the 1650s, 16 private mints were operating for the production of Kan'ei Tsūhō coins all over Japan.

• quantity 1
• demonetized (no longer in circulation) polished Cast copper alloy
• diameter: 25 mm
• weight: 5 g +/-

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