Can Someone Date This Postcard by the Stamp?

I was sooo excited when I found this postcard. The police station card I illustrated some time ago is very tough to find, but this one here, I believe, is one of the key rarities of early Yamate or the "Bluff" Yokohama. I kinda think this card is like 1910 or so? But since I don't know a thing about postal marks and stamps, I am only guessing. The card is written in Russian so I figure it is slightly post Russo War, 1904-05. Any stamp collectors out there who can date this?

I am always looking for early Yokohama stuff, especially the Yamate or the Bluff area where Munro used to live and work. Always interested in the schools of that area: Sancta Maria, St. Joseph's College, and Ferris school for women. Can trade my cash coins or buy outright.

NOTE: Bill writes, "The stamp is from the turn of the 20th century. If my memory serves me right, it is from the stamps series known as the NEW KOBAN and was released sometime around 1899 to 1910(?). I used to also collect Japanese stamps, but gave it up to concentrate on the Kanei coins. I relooked at the postcard and I believe (again if my memory serves me correctly) that is postmarked October 1908. The Japanese postmark was done on Oct 1, 1908 ( 8 - 10 -1) and the Russian one is on October 5, 1908 (8 - 10 -5)."

The date of this card is interesting. The location of the school from 1904 was 85 Bluff in which Munro occupied until 1901. I believe this card is the earliest surviving image of the school. I am lucky to own it. Although I do not believe in fortune-telling, one fortune contained in a fortune cookie said, "You will accomplish many things this year."


More Fakes, YUP

I have illustrated and pointed out some details in identifying reproductions somewhere below about Showa Shoho, one of the antique coins. You can compare this new one to them. As for another issue, I drew some arrows indicating the exact points to consider here. These two coins are exactly alike!

I am not a counterfeiter so I do not know exactly how these things are made. Does anyone ever consider the possibility that some of these imitataions are actually struck with the dies rather than being cast? If you own any of these better made repros, can you check and see if there are flow lines or stress lines from being struck? I have a feeling that the dies created for striking these are from intentionally worn dies or dies made to look worn. And the planchets used are from the actual old cash coins that have been smoothed out. This is only a guesswork on my part, however.

You guys need to leave a feedback once in a while. Ain't nobody gonna make fun of you just because your theories or comments are out of touch. That is what I do all the time. We have to start somewhere. You can always leave anonymous comments as well. This is really anonymous. Even me, a blog owner, cannot trace it.

Fakes in Japanese Auction

This sharply made Kanei Tsuho has been going around in Japan. This has the number THREE or 三 on the back. But there are all sorts with different numbers on the back.

This group of coins is also from the same auction. This is real mixture of good and bad. I am sure some of those shiny Meiji coins are modern reproductions. I used an arrow to show you that there is even one of the 12 antique coins, Ryuhei-Eiho. This lot, by the way, has no return privilege. That is understandable, as it is a lot. But then, almost all items sold in Yahoo Japan auctions are not returnable. That is how the business is carried out there in Japan. Someone just may be fooled by that one coin and submit a high bidding. I doubt very much though.


Nice Find

Persistant scrutinizing paid off for Bill Dunkle.

This is one of the coins in an unattributed lot of Kanei he bought. He tried matching it against one of my catalogs and Ogawa's work but nothing in iron with the exact match. However, he did find a coin matching his in copper only issue. He says he lost a lot of sleep trying to attribute this coin. And thanks to Bill, I am losing mine. It is 2:45am now.

When he first sent me a photo of this coin, I thought it was just a common Sendai mint coin. The photo did not show any key elements for further attribution. However, he decided to send the actual coin to me. It became clear to me that it is not from Sendai. He thought it could be J-33, 1708 issue from Kameido mint. Actually it is J-34. My description of J-34 about the central hole being larger is inaccurate. Please disregard. Here is a much clearer rubbing of this variety. You can copy and paste. The major difference between J-33 and 34 is the right arm of Ei 永. J-34 is shorter than 33.
I took two photos and attached a J-34 for comparison. I believe this works.
There are some iron Kanei coins known of copper only issues. It is not the same as dual metal issues, where both copper and iron were issued by the mints. This one, I believe, is not recorded. Bill's hawk-eye surely paid off.
More on this as I get feedbacks from Japan. Any feedbacks from this blog readers?


Some Funky Cash Coins

I like the Hai-To Kanei because I like the Kanei series. This one is nicely made. It is a seed only issue. Just hoped it was genuine. If you know the real coin, the differences are obvious.

The large coin is supposedly a pattern for the Ryukyu 200 mon or Han-Shu. This pattern has been around since the Meiji period. Some authorities doubt it ever existed as a pettern, however. Perhaps it was created as a curio. This coin pictured is a copy of that curio.

Sendai Tsuho is a fun little square coin. Here I have 6 little coins. All are in copper or seed. Can you tell which one/ones is/are BAD? HINT: the only way you can tell is if you know what the three varieties look like, Sho-Yo, Chu-Yo, and Tai-Yo.