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Details about  * LARGE JAPAN COIN * HOEI-TSUHO (A.D.1708) Edo JAPANESE money old ANTIQUE Kyoto

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A Japanese Edo period coin:

HOEI-TSUHO 10 Mon (A.D.1708)

'FUKA-KAN' variety

CHIN mintmark

A large Japanese Edo period HOEI-TSUHO 10 Mon dating from Hoei 5 (1708) and minted in Shichijo, Kyoto. This is the FUKA-KAN (FUKA kanji for 'deep' or 'low') variety with a long UKANMURI (KAN) or 'crown' stroke on the character HO (Ref: JNDA Cat. 2014 P.142; Hartill P.66 5.1).


Hoei-tsuho 10 Mon coins are one of the more collectable and scarce Edo period coins. They are fairly difficult to acquire. They were minted during the latter part of the Hoei era (1704~1711) by the Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (in office 1680~1709), and just before his death at the hands of his patriotic wife. Unfortunately, their size and denomination made them widely unpopular, so they were only issued for 1 year. And because of this, they are now a rare and very collectable coin. They are also one of the largest Japanese square-hole coins, which make them even more collectable and unique.

The inscription on the obverse (front): HO-EI-TSU-HO. On the reverse: EI-KYU-SEI-YOU. This latter inscription seems to mean 'hope for continued circulation'. There is a small CHIN mintmark on the reverse, bottom-right.

Condition: ~Very Fine.

Fairly clear characters. A patina on both surfaces. Wear, scratches, chips, dents and marks on both surfaces and around the rims, notably wear around the rims and over the characters, a chip on the obverse outer rim, top-left. Some small casting marks, notably around the outer rim. A very slight curve to the outer rim. A very collectable example of this rare 1708 Japanese coin.

Size: 37.2mm

Weight: 8.14g

Date: Edo period - Hoei 5 (1708)

Denomination: 10 Mon

Mint: Shichijo, Kyoto

Metal: copper

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