The British Museum's collection of Japanese coins is one of the best outside Japan. Many of the coins were originally in the collection of Japan's renowned numismatist and collector, Kutsuki Masatsuna (1750-1802), and were acquired by the British Museum in the 1880s. At the same time as Kutsuki Masatsuna was building up his collection, European scholars were also visiting Japan, and paying particular attention to coins as they sought to gain knowledge and understanding. This is the first catalogue of the British Museum's collection of Japanese coins. Details of each coin are given in Japanese and English, along with colour illustrations. Joe Cribb is Research Keeper in the Department of Coins and Medals, the British Museum. Nobuhisa Furuta is Former Chief Researcher at the Institute for Oriental Currency, Sapporo. Peter Kornicki is Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge. Shin'ichi Sakuraki is Professor of Japanese History, Shimonoseki City University. Tim Screech is Professor in the History of Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Helen Wang is Curator of East Asian Money, the British Museum. She has published a catalogue of Chairman Mao badges in the Research Publications Series (no. 169).
Table of Contents
Japanese Numismatics - Bibliographic Sources vi
A History of the Japanese Coin Collection 1 (12)
at the British Museum
How did Kutsuki Masatsuna's Coins Come to 13 (4)
the British Museum?
A Brief History of Pre-modern Japanese 17 (10)
European Interest in Japanese Coins before 27 (6)
Kutsuki Masatsuna - A Life 33 (16)
Kutsuki Masatsuna as Collector and 49 (2)
The Japanese Coin Collection (pre-Meiji) at 51 (1)
the British Museum
Sources of the Coins 51 (8)
Dates and Places of Production 59 (6)
Catalogue 65 (68)