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Mameita-gin were small bean-shaped coins made from low purity silver, which played an essential role in Japan's currency during the Edo Period. Before the rectangular silver coins emerged in 1765, these charming Mameita-gin circulated alongside larger and heavier silver ingots known as Chogin. They were widely used for everyday transactions, making them an accessible and practical form of currency for people at the time. Even after the introduction of more standardized bar-shaped coins, Mameita-gin continued to be made until the mid-1800's.
These historical coins display a variety of intricate designs and markings, revealing insights into their origins and purposes. Some of the Mameita-gin even bear the image of Daikokuten, a god that represented good fortune, indicating they might have been used as prizes or gifts. Their unique shape and rich history make Mameita-gin an intriguing and important part of Japan's numismatic past.
Each includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
Our original glass and leatherette display boxes showcase your relic above a custom information card, with a design unique to History Hoard.