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  • Genuine gold & silver from the Samurai era

  • Stunning Japanese artistry

  • Numismatic collector gems!

  • Limited available sets

The Gold and Silver
of the Samurai

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Steep in mystery and the allure of the unknown, Japanese currency has become one of the most sought after segments of the numismatic market. Rarely offered in Australia, so when pieces do become available they are eagerly acquired by market-savvy collectors. Our sourcing specialists have located two such rarities that are already creating interest. The silver Shu Gin and the gold Shu Kin were 1/16 denominations from the more well-known Ryo.

By the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1989, Japanese coinage was embraced with rich Samurai culture of feudal Japan. The .968 pure silver Gin may be dated between 1853 – 1869 and .299 pure gold Kin even earlier between, 1832 -1858. In many respects, our two coins represent the artistic height of this fascinating period between power of the Samurai culture and the opening of Japan to the West.

Their heritage goes back to at least the mid-1500s when bar currency began to replace the gold and silver dust tendered in sealed bags – an impractical currency at best, but one which adds to the mystique of Japan’s numismatic history. By the 1600, mints began the production of bar-type coinage of which the Isshu Gin and Nisha Kin can be classed. The embossed crest of the gold Kin represents the Paulownia tree, the symbol of the Office of the Prime Minster. The large embossed dots on both sides of the silver Gin differentiate it from other silver coinage featuring cherry blossom motifs. This two-coin set represents a unique opportunity to enhance a collection of world coinage. Call now on 02 9841 3324 to enquire about the availability of a rarity from a period in Japan’s history that still captivates us to this day.


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