Munro's Coins of Japan

This item is being offered on eBay now. For those who have been wanting a copy, this is a good chance to acquire one. What is it worth? At this state of preservation, is it worth more or less than a reprint? In this case, I would rather own a reprint edition. What are your thoughts?

From eBay seller: "Condition: Reading copy. Ex library with many library markings. Book has been library rebound. Cover is worn. Lettering on spine is handwritten. One of the plates is missing — however a color photo of that plate from another book is included. The missing plate is between page 6 & 7 and titled “Primitive Treasure.” There are also many small tears throughout the book and some of the tears have been repaired with scotch tape that has since discolored. Binding is tight. Even though the condition of this book is far from idea, it is still a very rare volume and full of useful information and images."

Item #180121530065

UPDATE: It brought $106. If you collect Japanese cash coins, this book is a MUST.


Bunroku Tsuho

Bunroku Tsuho

Polder says this coin was minted in silver and copper and illustrates a copper coin as figure no.38 that measures 21.5mm, but its weight is unknown. Obviously, he did not have a sample for weighing. He also says that figure no. 39 is that of a silver issue. However, his fig.39 is a small uninscribed blank. Munro illustrates two examples or two distinctly different varieties in silver. This is what he says about the copper coin: "A copper coin is spoken of; but does not exist. Forgeries are shown by dealers, however, to tempt the uninitiated."

The above photo is that of a copper coin currently being offered by a dealer. So perhaps a copper issue does exist? Or is this one of those copper coins Munro was referring to? Everyone should know the answer to this right?
UPDATE 5.26 Someone just paid $100 for this.


More Genho Tsuho Varieties

Been a spell since I did an attribution to this series of coins called the GENHO TSUHO. I am adding 6 more varieties today.

1A2 - this is a sub-variety of 1A already mentioned below. It is one dot TSU. The crown of HO is even with the top of the square rim (1A is lower)

2A2 - a sub-variety of 2A. Two dots in TSU. The right leg of GEN is much longer than 2A passing well beyond the corner of the square rim.

1B1.3 - a sub-variety of 1B. One dot TSU. Resembles 1B1.1 but the left leg of GEN is even with the corner of the square rim.

1B1.2 - One dot TSU. This also resembles 1B1.1 but the right character HO is slimmer and slightly taller and the top of TSU much longer.

2D3 - Two dot TSU, small characters, resembles 2D2 but GEN seems to lean to the right because of the second stroke of GEN is not written straight.

2D4 - Two dot TSU, small characters, resembles 2D1 but GEN smaller and its right leg not as long as 2D1.


New Book on Japanese Cash Coins

Brand new book on a rare subject called HISTORY AND GUIDE TO THE COPPER CASH COINAGE OF JAPAN Jones.

This reference book is 8.5x11 inches, illustrated card covers, 154 numbered pages, copyright 2007, frontispiece penned by Ogawa Hiroshi. It begins with a newly edited, revised, and annotated version of the Polder's Abridged History of the Copper Coins of Japan with the original plates. It is NOT the same as the simple xerox copy of the work published in the 80s. This new work is a totally overhauled edtion. Following it is a nine page paper called the Enigma Surrounding the Medieval Coinage of the Ryukyu Islands in which the writer disproves the notion that the so-called Ryuyku cash coins of the 15th century could have been made in Okinawa or the Ryukyu. This paper is followed by the Attribution Guide to the Cash Coins of Japan with identifying features describing 356 types and varieties from the Nara-Heian Period through the Meiji restoration.

$25 postpaid by priority mail in USA
for international buyers, best to buy from me on ebay for the best possible postage rate

Many Faces of Nisui Ei Kanei Tsuho

Quick Attribution Guide to Ni Sui Ei Varieties (Ko-Kanei Tsuho)

Top of Tsu 通 written with マ
Top of Tsu 通written with コ
Top of reverse with a character, usually three (3) 三
Top of reverse with a dot

These coins are perhaps the most popular varieties within the Kanei Tsuho series.