Friday

Modern Fantasy
Readers are free to write me and ask questions about Japanese "cash" coins. I will respond. In this case someone sends me this picture asking me what the inscriptions read. I simply wrote back saying this is nothing more than a modern fantasy. It is what it is. It's just a modern trinket. He then replies saying this "coin" is from 1844. If that is what he believes, that is perfectly fine with me. If someone really thinks this piece is from the 19th century, there is no sense in even discussing it. The only suggestion I can make to him and others like him is to invest some money in coin books. I wonder how many more such treasures he has in his accumulation.

15 comments:

johnElarue said...

Hi, I found your nice site while searching for info for my friend who has a 22mm diameter 1 mon with bun Mintmark coin, can't find anything on it, any idea? Most 1 mon bun Mintmark are 25mm. I hope this is the right place to ask a question, or is email preferred? Thanks!

ME said...

You can send me pics. I can take a look.

john said...

Sorry for the late reply, I will try to get the pic sent to you. Also would it be possible for you to take a look at a possible bitasen?

ME said...

I will be happy to take a look at that Kanei coin you refer to above.

I will not start authenticating or attributing "possible" Bita sen or Wado coin you refer to in another comment. I suggest you buy some books first and study about them. If after that you have problems, I may be able to help you.

john said...

Ok thanks, how can I send you a pic, there's not contact feature here.

ME said...

nihiru@aol.com

john said...

Thanks very much, I have Hartill and Munro (PDF) as well as a Japanese language Kan'ei
Tsuho book, but it's still so difficult. Can you recommend any other English language books, or even a comprehensive japanese language book, I can read japanese a little.



ME said...

Oh wow, you don't have my book? LOL

john said...

Wait you have a book, really? Sorry I didn't know , I'm sure I'd be interested in purchasing.

ME said...

It's somewhere on this site and ebay.

joesmoney said...

Hi
I would like to know how to identify fake Ryukyu coins ,so many are sold on EBay,the sellers are saying file marks wear off,and there are various mint marks.
Can you help?

joesmoney said...

On the 100 mon Ryukyu coin ,were they made at different locations?I notice some mint marks are two strait lines crossed,without the curve. Have you seen various mint marks for this coin
Thanks

ME said...

Ryukyu fake coins...if you do not know what you are buying, do not buy...why trust sellers? your money, no?

mint marks...depending on how they were struck, some may look incomplete...all official ones were made at Satsuma...do you know of any others?

Unknown said...

More of a request on my side, I'm contributing to Wikipedia concerning Japanese coins and you have some beautiful pictures on your blog that would be great to make the articles more illustrative, ¿How about uploading some pictures of them to Wikimedia Commons? Especially the Glico fake 100 Mon.

ME said...

Feel free to use photos from my blog, as long as they are used for not-for-profit.