Japanese Gold Koban 19th Century

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Gam3rBlake, Sep 16, 2021.

  1. Gam3rBlake

    Gam3rBlake Well-Known Member

    My dealer picked this up from a first time customer who walked in and I gotta say..it’s pretty awesome!

    Definitely a unique coinage.

    In case anyone is wondering the weight is ~11 grams and the gold is high purity.

    I am 1/4 Japanese so I couldn’t pass up sharing this xD

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  3. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    Those are real show stoppers! I might look for one at Balt./Whitman.
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  4. Gam3rBlake

    Gam3rBlake Well-Known Member

    Yeah for sure. I can say in my experience I don’t think I’ve ever come across one before.

    They definitely aren’t common that’s for sure.

    I imagine most of them were melted down in the last 150 years or so.
  5. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    They are beautiful and expensive. Was this 1 like $3,000-4,000 ?
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  6. Gam3rBlake

    Gam3rBlake Well-Known Member

    Nah it was in the $2,000-$2,500 range.

    I think that is a very fair price considering the scarcity of Kobans in general.
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  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    That is pretty cool.
    Forever out of my price range unless I win the lottery...but still fun to drool over :)
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  8. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    A wonderful example.
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  9. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Supporter! Supporter

    Very cool! You can find them in this condition for under $2k if you look around
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  10. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    Envy is the word.
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  11. Robidoux Pass

    Robidoux Pass Well-Known Member

    Great item. Something to drool over. Thanks for sharing.

    I was able to get one about 30 years ago. I bought it as a fake, which I believed it was. I should dig it out and examine it again to make sure.
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