The Man-en Nishu-kin 万延二朱金 is dated between 1860 and 1869 and made of gold. The number of carats has not been tested, so I cannot tell.
Material: yellow gold.
Dimensions 13.40 x 7.96 mm
Weight including plastic storage box: 1.6 grams
Man'en Nishu-kin is a form of gold bar money used in Japan during the late Edo period to the early Meiji era. They are smaller than the other type of Nishu-kin we offer, but they are also indispensable. The purity of the gold in these coins is approximately 22.9 percent and the average weight is approximately 0.75 grams.
Nishu-kin and Nibu-kin were important forms of gold bar money in Japan during the Edo period. As smaller denominations of gold money, they provide a practical and accessible medium of exchange for the population. Nishu-kin, valued at two shu (a shu is a unit of gold weight), and Nibu-kin, valued at two bu (another unit of gold weight), were used in various transactions alongside other gold currencies of the era. .
These gold bar coins are carefully structured with intricate designs and inscriptions, reflecting Japan's rich artistic heritage. Their unique size, shape and historical significance make Nishu-kin and Nibu-kin fascinating examples of the diverse and evolving world of Japanese currency during the Edo period and early Meiji era.