Steven Battelle

Japanese Silver Coin Earrings in Yellow Gold

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Coin earrings in 18k yellow gold with natural color diamonds.

Japan 1853-1865 (Kaei era) Silver Isshu-Gin. Obv: 1 Isshu-Gin, Silver Rev: Ginza. (Japanese Characters) surrounded by small bumps in rectangle.

From the Battle of Sekigahara in the year 1600, Tokugawa Ieyasu became the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan which ruled until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. This period saw the flowering of urban culture, the building of great temples and shrines and a monetized commodity economy in Japan. The Samurai were the military nobility and were rewarded for their loyalty with land. These small rectangular gold "coins" were the “pocket change” of Japan’s fierce Samurai warriors. Minted during the time of the ruler IyeoshiIn the distant past, those attempting to export these gold Samurai coins from Japan faced the ultimate penalty of death. This was perhaps the most colorful era of Japanese history, when fierce warlords and their samurai soldiers ruled feudal Japan. The last shogun was overthrown and power was returned to the emperor in 1869. In that year, the Japanese government imported modern minting equipment from Hong Kong and began striking round modern coins like the rest of the world. These coins were soon withdrawn from circulation and many were melted. Tokugawa coinage worked according to a triple monetary standard, using gold, silver and bronze coins, each with their own denominations. The systems worked by multiples of 4, and coins were valued according to the Ry. One Ry was worth 4 Bu, 16 Shu, or 4,000 Mon.

  • Size: 25 mm
  • Coin Size: 10x15c,4
  • Coin Grams: 3.9
  • Metal Type: 18K

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