GOLD / AR BAR / INGOT_____NIBU KIN______Samurai Period of Japan_____LAST SHOGUNS

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  • Item Category: Coins & Currency
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 04, 2015
  • Channel: Auction House
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FRASCATIUS ANCIENTS

ONE 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.

KM-C.21d, JNDA-20A

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

In the distant past, those attempting to export these gold Samurai coins from Japan faced the ultimate penalty of death. This fact has made these gold / silver coins of the Samurai scarce and seldom seen outside Japan.

This was perhaps the most colorful era of Japanese history, when fierce warlords and their samurai soldiers ruled feudal Japan. The last shogun was overthrown and power was returned to the emperor in 1869.

In 1869, the Japanese government imported modern minting equipment from Hong Kong and began striking round modern coins like the rest of the world.

From the Battle of Sekigahara in the year 1600, Tokugawa Ieyasu became the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan which ruled until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. This period saw the flowering of urban culture, the building of great temples and shrines and a monetized commodity economy in Japan. The Samurai were the military nobility and were rewarded for their loyalty with land. These interesting rectangular coins were minted and used during the last days of Japan's Shogun rulers.

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