Cast from 1626 until 1668, these Ko (old) "Kanei Tsuho" (Currency of the Kanei Era, which began in 1624)
coins of Japan replaced the previous standard currency, the imported Eiraku Tsuho. This new type of coin was
originally created by Sato Shikuse (of Mito, Hitachi Province), and several unofficial coins were minted by
him from 1626-1636. These early issues can be identified by the style of the Ei, which has a top horizontal stroke
that extends to both sides of the center vertical stroke (a style known as Ni-sui-ei). In July 1636, the Japanese government made
the Kanei Tsuho an official coinage (albeit using the normal form of the Ei character), and authorized minting in Sakamoto
(Omi province) and Edo (now Tokyo, Musashi province). Several other mints opened soon after, and slight calligraphic variations
are used to differentiate these mints (since no mintmarks were added).
However, precise attribution is difficult and time-consuming, so we mainly sell these coins in bulk lots.
See our article on how to tell these Ko Kanei Tsuho
apart from Shin Kanei Tsuho.
Sorry - we are completely sold out of Ko Kanei Tsuho.
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SOLD OUT. High grade. Price is for one coin! Also on eBay for $1.99
SOLD OUT. Average grade. Price is for one coin! Also on eBay for $1.79