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The Coins of the Last Samurai Gold 2 Shu Pendant in Sterling Silver
The Smallest of the Samurai Gold Coins, the Delicate 2 Shu is a Gleaming Testament to a Bygone Era
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 2 “Shu”, formally a Nishu Gin, in this pendant was the smallest of the Samurai Gold coins, and it’s design is one of the most elegant to ever grace a coin. The apex of Edo era art is detailed in every line of the symbols of this stunning example of Samurai gold art.
Your Coin of the Last Samurai
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.
- Date: 1832-1858
- Denomination: 2 Shu
- Mint: Edo (present-day Tokyo)
- Coin Metal: 30% Gold, 70% Silver
- Bezel Metal: Sterling Silver
- Jewelry Artist: Robert Lewis Knecht
- Size: 3/8" Across, 7/8" Tall
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 2 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:
- Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
- A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
- "A Princess, Pirates, a Samurai... & a man named MacDonald” Historic Brief
- Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
- A Gift Box
- A Treasure Jewelry Care Card