10 Mon "Hōeitsūhō" - Hōei

10 Mon "Hōeitsūhō" - Hōei -  obverse 10 Mon "Hōeitsūhō" - Hōei -  reverse

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Country Japan
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1708-1709
Value 10 Mon (0.0025)
Metal Cast copper alloy
Weight 8.9 g
Diameter 37.5 mm
Thickness 1 mm
Shape Round with a square hole
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 1709
References KM# 57
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)


Inscription around hole.

寶 通



Sentiment and countermark between two characters on the rim

用 世

Translation: For the Everlasting Use of the World




In the 5th year of Hōei, a large copper coin called the Hōeitsūhō was cast at Shichijō mint. Sometimes called "ōzeni" for it large size. This coin was to be worth ten of the ordinary cash, and the value of ordinary cash was changed so that 1 ryō of gold was worth 4,000 mon instead of 3,300 mon. In the 9th month of this year, a new decree appeared ordering this coin to be used in the same way as the gold, silver, or other small coins. However, the people found it inconvenient to use, and it did not become popular with them, although they were informed that they would be punished for not using it, and orders were given to report everyone who refused to take it. The next year, this coin was not taken out of circulation. This was hardly surprising, as although the nominal value of the Hōeitsūhō was ten mon, its real value was only about three mon.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1708-1709)  DH#5.1 (left stroke of 目 radical of 寶 ends at last stroke of 王 radical)
ND (1708-1709)  DH#5.2 (left stroke of 目 radical of 寶 ends at middle of last stroke of 王 radical)

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