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1863-1868 Japan 4 Mon {Asakusa / Kosuge mint} Bunkyu Era {10S} 1L

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front: Inscription

Lettering:
攵久永寶"; Casted at Kosuge

Translation:
Bunkyū Eihō
Eternal Treasure of the Bunkyu Era

Bunkyū (文久) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Man'en and before Genji. This period spanned the years from March 1861 through March 1864. The reigning emperor was Kōmei-tennō (孝明天皇).

Engraver: Ogasawara Osayuki, Itakura Katsuyoshi, and Matsudaira Yoshinga

back: 11 waves

The Bunkyu Eiho was the last of the traditional cast cash coins to be introduced. In 1868, the minting machinery that had been in use in Hong Kong was brought to Osaka, and by 1870 machine struck gold, silver, and copper yen and sen coins had started to be made. The old coins continued to circulate at varying exchange rates to the new coins for a while.

• quantity 1
• demonetized (no longer in circulation) polished Copper coin with square hole
• diameter: 27 mm
• weight: 5 g +/-

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