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Ancient Coins

"Ancient Coins"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  September 22, 2021 (Wed) - March 21, 2022 (Mon)

Kaiki Shoho, Gold Coin, Excavated at Fushimi, Nara, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

Coins known as wado kaichin, which were minted in 708 (Wado 1), represent the first serious effort in Japan to mint coins for circulation. Subsequently, twelve kinds of coins were minted in the Nara (710–794) and Heian (794–1192) periods. However, the minting of coins ceased by the latter half of the 10th century as the use of bronze coins imported from China became prevalent.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 3 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Coin: Wadō Kaichin (Kaihō) Place of excavation unknown Nara period, 8th century E-2051
Highlight Important Cultural Property Kaiki Shoho, Gold Coin Excavated at Fushimi, Nara Nara period, 8th century E-19576
Highlight Casting Mold Fragments for Wadō Kaichin Coins Found in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Nara period, 8th century Gift of Mr. Shindo Zuido, E-7599