Japanese Edo period Hakodate Tsuho, Matsumae Domain, Hokkaido 1856 Iron Cash Ans

Japanese Edo period Hakodate Tsuho, Matsumae Domain, Hokkaido 1856 Iron Cash Ansei Year 3

A Japanese Edo period coin

Hakodate Tsūhō, Matsumae Domain

Local coins in Edo period, Hakodate, Hokkaido

箱館通宝 安政3年(1856年)11月 蝦夷 Hokkaido


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Weight: 3 grams; Size: 21 mm; Iron

Obv: 箱館通寳 Hakodate Tsūhō

Rev: 安 for 安政3年 Ansei Year 3 (1865)


Japanese Hakodate Tsuho



箱館通寳は円形、円孔で量目は0.8 - 1.0匁(3.0 - 3.7グラム)前後の一文鉄銭であり、江戸時代の銭貨としては異例の形状のものであった。表面には「箱館通寳」、裏面には安政を意味する「安」の文字が鋳出されている。






Hakodate Tsuho is a circular, circular hole with a weight of around 0.8-1.0 匁 (3.0-3.7 grams), which is an unusual shape for a coin in the Edo period. "Hakodate Tsuho" is cast on the front side, and "Ahn", which means Ansei, is cast on the back side.

The common coin is iron coin, but the mother coin of the mold prototype is made of copper, and there are octagonal coins among the mother coins, which are rare.

Ezochi was a territory of the Matsumae domain for a long time, but in the 4th year of culture (1807), it became a heavenly territory to strengthen the sea defense. Since then, the Kanei Tshouho iron coin issued by the Shogunate has become widely used, and trade with the Ainu has become active. However, in the 4th year of Bunsei (1821), he returned to the Matsumae domain and was banned from using iron coins. In trade with the Ainu, bartering began to occur, and there was a request from the Ainu to use coins. It got stronger. After that, Hakodate Port was opened in the first year of Ansei (1854) by the Convention of Kanagawa with the United States, and in the following year, Ansei 2 (1855), it became a heavenly territory again and Hakodate Bugyo was placed. For the convenience of trade, the casting of iron coins was approved by the Shogunate in May of the 4th year of Ansei (1857).

A coin-maker from the Morioka domain went to Goryokaku to cast at the Zenza in Yachigashira, Hakodate-shi (currently near Sumiyoshi-cho, Hakodate). Climbed to. In order to make it work, we decided to set up money changers in Hakodate, Fukuyama, and Esashi, and give the money changer a commission of 150 sentences for each gold car to sell money at a market price of 6.800 sentences per car.

The issuance of Hakodate Tsuho was initially welcomed and circulated actively, but when copper coins such as Tenpo Tsuho and Bunkyu Eiho later flowed in, iron coins became shunned and gradually became obsolete.







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Japanese Edo period Hakodate Tsuho, Matsumae Domain, Hokkaido 1856 Iron Cash Ans