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Japan 1/2 Shu, Hanshu Ryukyu Tsuhou cash coin, 1863-- Copper

Lot reference 20237179

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Location: Netherlands
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EF, copper coin

Nr. of Items: 1
Type: Coin
Condition: Extremely fine

Up here is a very unique historical coin. Hanshu Ryukyu Tsuhou. Minted in 1863.

Obv, Ryukyu Tsuhou (currency of Ryukyu) in seal script.
Rev, "han shu" (face value, half Shu) in seal script.

The round Hanshu Ryukyu Tsuhou was ordered to circulate at the value of 248 mon, or twice the value of the 100 mon coin. However it weighed merely 8 monme or about 10 to 12 times the weight of the average one mon coin. Han means "half" and "shu" is a gold currency weight. Therefore the Satsuma government was trying to command an exchange rate between copper currency and gold currency. Normally the relative exhange rates of silver, gold and copper currencies were unstable thoroughut Japan despite government attempts to decree them into one currency system. Thus although at one half shu this coin should have circulated at 32 coins per gold ryou (one koban coin).


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Member since: July 30, 2018

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