FRASCATIUS ANCIENTSONE UNIQUE & BEAUTIFUL GOLD / SILVER BAR / INGOT OF THE SAMURAI PERIOD / MEIJI ERA OF JAPAN FROM 1868 - 1869 AD.
THE NIBU KIN IS THE LARGER (AND HARDER TO FIND) DENOMINATION COMPARED TO THE SMALLER NISHU KIN
MINTED IN A GOLD / SILVER MIXTURE
NIBU KIN MEANS "TWO BU GOLD" IN JAPANESE
NICE COLLECTABLE IN HIGH GRADE CONDITION
THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE INGOT (AS SHOWN IN THE 1ST PHOTO). THE INGOT IN THE 2ND PHOTO IS FOR SHOWING RELATIVE SIZE ONLY.
THE SIZE IS 11 MM X 19 MM AND 3.0 GRAMS.
OBVERSE – Two flowers of the imperial paulownia (Latin: Paulownia imperialis) (Chrysanthemum). In the middle, two characters indicate the value ni (= two) bu
REVERSE – The upper half of the reverse – read from top to bottom – depicts the Chinese characters "Mitsu Tsugu," which was the name of the head official of the gold mint. The big mark in the lower half shows the signature of this gentleman.
Each bar was individually hand-hammered in precious gold / silver between 1868 - 1869 - over 140 years ago.
This was the form of money for that era and was undated, but struck at Kinza, Edo. (Tokyo)
These small rectangular gold "coins" were the “pocket change” of Japan’s fierce Samurai warriors.
Minted during the... read more