Thursday

Tenpo Tsuho Again? Yup! But this is worth $250!



This is a common variety of this oblong coin called the Tenpo Tsuho、天保通宝 . This coin is a run-of-the-mill variety. So why is this worth $250 and not $10? It is worth $250 because....

8 comments:

Sam said...

Because it is a seed/mother coin?

Anonymous said...

copper not brass?

ME said...

Copper, brass, or bronze: That is the question. You can call it brass.I call it copper. Some call it bronze. In general, cash coins are termed "copper coinage."

Anonymous said...

This is one of the coins that was made in the 20th century and given away as an inducement to purchase a particular product?

ME said...

This is a scarce seed coin from the period. Worth more than $250 today.

Unknown said...

Anonymous must be referring to the cracker jack company that included Japanese 100 mon reproduction coins for sales purposes of their cracker jack pop corn candy. I have found out about this from historical reserch. Sincerely from a serious Japanese rare to scarce coin collector Kenneth.

Unknown said...

To ME : this very well could be a bo-sen ( seed ) mother coin because it is absolutely very well made and there are no fileing marks on either side of the 100 mon coin. Sincerely from a serious Japanese rare to scarce coin collector Kenneth.

ME said...

No, not "cracker jack" prize. Those made in the 1960s were for Japanese GLICO company. They originally gave out real coins but ran out and had them made, so they are called GLICO TENPO today.