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Books and Useful References
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1. Munro, Neil G. Coins of Japan At 413 pages long, Coins of Japan contains a wealth of information about prehistoric to early Meiji Japanese coinage. This book is the predecessor to the Hartill catalog. Although this book provides no price guide or numbering system, it is still a recommended read for any Japanese coin collector. Copyright on this work has expired, and it is in the public domain. Available as a PDF for free or on Amazon (reprints of the original)
2. Unknown Guide for identification of cash coin Kanei Tsuho with the character EI inclined to the left This is a very useful guide on how to distinguish the five mints that produced Kanei Tsuho 1 Mon coins with a closed-head Tsu character and drooping Ei character. The link is found on
3. Hartill, David Early Japanese Coins The current guide to Japanese Pre-Meiji coinage. This book has a numbering system and rarity guide. Available on Amazon
4. Jacobs, Norman and Vermeule, Cornelius C. Japanese Coinage: A Monetary History of Japan by Another perspective on both cast and struck Japanese coinage. Available on Amazon
5. Craig, William D. Coins of the World, 1750-1850 This catalog is commonly used to identify bar coins. Available on Amazon
6. Multiple Standard Catalog of World Coins 1801-1900, 1901-2000 and 2000-date These ubiquitous catalogs are essential to any collector of struck Japanese coins, because almost all Japanese coins for sale in the US are identified to it. Available on Amazon
7. JNDA Catalog of Japanese Coins While this catalog is in Japanese, it still provides a guide to varieties of both cast and struck Japanese coinage. Available on Amazon or eBay
8. Shin Kanei Tsuho 1 Mon This catalog is also in Japanese.
8. This website, while difficult to navigate, contains a wealth of information if you are willing to spend the time going through the coins listed.