SAMURAI GOLD: MONEY IN JAPAN IN THE TOKUGAWA PERIOD
Open 20 Aug 2021 – 23 Jan 2022
Admission was free
Japan relied heavily on imported Chinese money before the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu launched a national Japanese currency in 1601. The Tokugawa coinage lasted for two centuries until the Meiji restoration.
This free display, of a selection of Japanese money, included some spectacular gold coins, coins of differing shapes and sizes, and unusual paper money. It also highlighted a 19th-century monetary episode in Japan’s history which ultimately contributed to the downfall of the Shogunate.