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The National Numismatic Collection's East Asian Currency Highlights

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Established in the mid-19th century, several of the earliest additions to the NNC were artifacts from Japan, Korea, and China, including coins and medals gifted to President Ulysses S. Grant from Japanese Emperor Meiji (received in 1881) and the 2,025 East Asian coins, amulets, and notes from George Bunker Glover’s private collection (received in 1897). These donations were the foundation of the NNC’s East Asian holdings, which continues to grow with new acquisitions, such as the Howard F. Bowker collection in 2017. 

Coin Tree, China, 1868-1874

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Coin used as an Amulet, China, 1619 - 1645

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Wu Zhu, China, 589-604

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Straight Knife Money, China, 683 - 263 BCE

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10 Cents, China, 1897

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Ta Ch'uan Wu Shih, China, 9-23

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20 Cash, China, 1906

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1 Cent, China, 1937

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1 Koshu Ichibu, Japan, ca 1850

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Wu Zhu, China, 589 - 604

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Pan Liang, China, 140 - 186

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1 Oban, Japan, n.d.

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1 Tilla, China, 1876

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1 Oban, Japan, ca 1573 - 1592

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Yuan, China, 290 BCE

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Cheng Te T'ung Pao, China, 1506 - 1522

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T'ai Ch'ang T'ung Pao, China, 1620 - 1621

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1 Oban, Japan, 1860 - 1861

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4 Reales, Mexico (Chinese Chopmark), 1792

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1 Yuan, China, 290 BCE

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5 Cash, Japan, n.d.

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E Sen, Japan, n.d.

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Matsuri Sen, Japan, n.d.

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10 Mun, Korea, 1886

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2 Niang, Pattern, Korea, 1886

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1 Niang, Pattern, Korea, 1886

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1/2 Niang, Pattern, Korea, 1886

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5 Niang, Pattern, Korea, 1886

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10 Mun, Pattern, Korea, 1886

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10 Warn, Pattern, Korea, 1886

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1 Warn, Pattern, Korea, 1886

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2 Warn, Pattern, Korea, 1886

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5 Warn, Pattern, Korea, 1886

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20 Mun, Pattern, Korea, 1886

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20 Warn, Pattern, Korea, 1886

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2 Bu Ban Kin, Japan, 1854 - 1860

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20 Yen, Proof, Japan, 1907

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100 Yen, Japan, 1970

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1 Oban, Japan, 1601 - 1609

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1 Oban, Japan, 1591

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Spade Money, China, n.d.

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Spade Money, China, 400 BCE

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Square Foot Spade Money, China, ca 300 BCE

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Call a spade a spade (or a coin)

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Bridge Money, China, 5th-3rd century BCE

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Dragon Head Bridge Money, China, 5th-3rd century BCE

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Bridge Money, China, 5th-3rd century BCE

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Dragon Head Bridge Money, China, 5th-3rd century BCE

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Ming Knife, China, 481 - 255 BCE

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Knife Money, China, 7 - 22

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Ming Knife Money, China, 5th-1st century BCE

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Qi (Ch'i) Knife, China, ca 1000 BCE (imitation)

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Five Character Knife Money, China, 5th-1st century BCE

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1 Tiao, Kirin Yung Heng Provincial Bank, China, 1914

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10 Dollars, The Central Bank of China, China, 1928

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10 Yuan, The Central Bank of China, China, 1936

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10 Yuan, The Central Bank of China, China, 1936

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1 Dollar, Bank of China, China, 1913

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1000 Cash, Anhwei Yu Huan Bank, Anhui, China, 1908

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1 Dollar, Anhwei Yu Huan Bank, Anhui, China, 1907

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10 Yuan, Federal Reserve Bank of China, China, 1938

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100 Yuan, Federal Reserve Bank of China, China, 1938

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1 Yuan, China & South Sea Bank, Shanghai, China, 1927

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1 Yuan, China & South Sea Bank, Shanghai, China, 1927

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4 Dollars, China, ca 1915 - 1916

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10 Yuan, China, 1927

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3 Taels, China, 1910

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10 Dollars, China, n.d.

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100 Cash, China, 1915

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100 Cash, Chin Feng Ch'ing, China, 1912

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3000 Cash, Ch'ien T'ai Chan, China, n.d.

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2000 Cash, Manchukuo, China, 1859

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