Robert's Notes: This is a pretty little piece, and amazing condition for its age. It was stashed not long after it was minted.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.
Since silver and gold coinage was generally owned only by the elite and wealthy, this beautiful Isshu-Gin 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
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