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The Coins of the Last Samurai 1 Shu Sterling Silver Pendant

Legendary for Their Courage and Honor, the Mighty Samurai’s Coins are a Perhaps the Most Stunning Example of the Coin-Maker's Art

The Samurai were famed for their code; the Bushido Code - the Way of the Warrior - that encompassed eight principles: Justice, Courage, Mercy, Politeness, Honesty,  Honor, Loyalty, and Character and Self-Control. Their coins, minted in the waning days of their power, stand as witness to this extraordinary class of warrior, and the legacy they have left us.

The 1 “Shu”, formally a Shu Gin, in this pendant was the smallest of the Samurai silver coins, and carries an incused (a mark that is stamped into, rather than the raised design of the coin die) symbol that means “guaranteed.” This stamp is the mint-masters promise that the coin is to proper weight and purity. This Bu has all the detail of the elegant characters with which it was first minted.

Your Coin of the Last Samurai

  • Date: 1853-1865
  • Denomination: 1 Shu
  • Mint: Edo (present-day Tokyo)
  • Coin Metal: Silver
  • Bezel Metal: Sterling Silver
  • Jewelry Artist: Robert Lewis Knecht
  • Size: 1/2" Across, 1" Tall

The exquisite design and rectangle shapes of the Samurai coinage began in 1601 and survived for over 250 years, a stunning example of the artistry that flourished in the Edo Period.  But when Japan reopened to trade with the West in 1853, the coinage quickly became obsolete as the silver and gold exchange rates gave huge opportunities for foreigner merchants and sailors to export the coins for profit, leading to the loss of large quantities of precious metals in the form of coins to exportation.  

Your coin comes from perhaps the most colorful era of Japanese history, when fierce warlords and their samurai warriors ruled feudal Japan.  After 1869, following the abolition of the shogunate, rectangular coins were no longer minted in Japan, and were replaced by round coins.  A new currency system based on the Japanese yen was progressively established along Western lines, which has remained Japan’s currency system to this day.
Since silver and gold coinage was generally owned only by the elite and wealthy, this beautiful 1 Shu coin may once have been carried in a small compartment in the handle of a katana, the sword carried by a proud samurai warrior.

For more information of the connection between these Samurai Coins and Cannon Beach, Oregon, read: A Princess, Pirates, a Samurai... & a man named MacDonald

Your Coins of the Last Samurai Pendant Comes Complete with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
  3. "A Princess, Pirates, a Samurai... & a man named MacDonald” Historic Brief
  4. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
  5. A Gift Box
  6. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card



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