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Questions About Japanese Koban Gold Pieces.

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 Posted 06/21/2022  11:40 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Volvicch to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
So, I've wanted one of these since I read "Shogun" by James Clavell (highly recommended, by the way). It's basically an oblong piece of gold used in feudal Japan. I was wondering if anyone here had any information to share on them, like price-level, dimensions/weight, years to look for or any auction houses (preferably in Europe) that specialize in these types of coins. I am based in Europe, so it's not really something that is seen with any regularity in the auction houses that I am familiar with.

Thanks in advance.
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 Posted 06/22/2022  12:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@vol, we see posts about gold Kobans occasionally, so using the search functionality of CCF would be a good start for your research. I used the keywords GOLD KOBAN and found multiple threads about potential fakes vs. the real thing. Here is a link to one of them:

As to reliable dealers, I believe that Stephen Album has these in auctions from time to time. Of course SARC is US-based rather than European.
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 Posted 06/22/2022  03:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wandering Circle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The size and gold content of the koban were steadily dropped off, so I think the last issued gold koban, the Man'en Koban (1860-1867), tends to be less expensive. Maybe you want to look into that.

These are mostly from Japanese auctions but the hammered prices are good reference.
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