JAPAN Edo period large silver Chogin 1854-1860 Samurai ingot money; Ansei Era. Heavy 6.085 oz / 172.5 gm old poured bar with attractive original patina. VERY rare as most were chopped-up or melted
VERY hard to find Japan’s late Edo period original silver Chogin “bar money”. Issued during Ansei Era circa 1854-1860; one of the last “samurai money” issues before Japan’s coinage was modernized in the late 1860th. Most of these heavy silver bars were chopped-up for trade or melted down; these are getting impossible to find, especially in unaltered original condition.
This attractive specimen is about 3-3/4″ / 9.6 cm long, 1-5/16″ / 32 mm wide at the widest point and about 10 mm thick. Circular assay punches at the ends of the top side; Chogin panches along the edges. Punch marks are nice and clear; the pour is nice and even without blemishes or depressions. This silver Chogin weights 5.55 Troy oz / 6.085 oz / 172.5 grams (verified). The ingot is in excellent overall condition with attractive dark-gray patina with goldish overtones. The surface has a nice smooth “as made” texture; there are no typical nicks or chop marks.
Not cleaned or tampered with; these are the actual photos. Not a later reproduction or a copy – this JAPAN Edo period large silver Chogin 1854-1860 Samurai ingot money poured bar is guarantied to be genuine or your money back. Due to US customs restrictions related to shipment of silver bars overseas we will not ship this item internationally.
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