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Bank of Japan's holdings of old gold and silver coins as precious metals to be conserved and exhibited in the Currency Museum

October 10, 2002
Bank of Japan

Besides the old gold and silver coins held by the Bank's Currency Museum for study and exhibition purposes, Bank of Japan also holds a lot of similar old coins of high historical and cultural value as precious metals. Hence, on the occasion of the Bank's 120th anniversary, the Bank has decided to review the status of these coins as precious metals, and conserve them as assets of cultural value in the Currency Museum. Following examination and classification, the Bank plans to exhibit these items in the museum.
During fiscal 2003, the museum will show some items of extremely high historical and cultural value.

Following is a list of the old gold and silver coins to be conserved in the Currency Museum and research and exhibition plans.

1. Old gold and silver coins to be conserved:

  1. (a) Japanese gold coins before the Edo era (52 categories):
    Fundokin (stamped Fundo shaped gold ingots)
    Tensho Oban
    Keicho Oban
    Genroku Oban
    Kyouho Koban
    Tenpo Koban
    Man'en Koban etc.
  2. (b) Japanese gold coins after the Meiji restoration (8 categories):
    Old 20 yen coins
    New 20 yen coins
    Old 10 yen coins
    New 10 yen coins etc.
  3. (c) Japanese silver coins before the Edo era (8 categories):
    Meiwa Nanryou Nishugin Kaei Isshugin etc.
  4. (d) Foreign gold coins issued in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as specie money (54 categories):
    US 20 dollar coins
    Mexican 20 peso coins etc.

2. Research and exhibition plans

The Currency Museum will start examining these old gold and silver coins starting from the rarest, and, upon classification, exhibit them in a special exhibition.

During fiscal 2003, the museum will hold a special exhibition of Fundokin and other items of extremely high historical and cultural value.

For further information, please contact

Currency Museum, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies,Bank of Japan

Tel: +81-3-3279-1111 (ext. 6613, 6527)