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Japan Cash Coins 4 Mon with 11 and 21 Waves  1768 to 1860
Japan Cash Coins 4 Mon with 11 and 21 Waves 1768 to 1860

The Japanese Shogunate (military leadership) cast these coins in the 4 mon denomination with both 11 and 21 waves on the reverse. In general the 11 wave coins are a tad more valuable than the 21 wave type, but condition, more than anything, affects value the most.

Catalog prices are quite low and, if you have a coin in average circulated condition (like our images) or worse, the catalog values are correct. However, we believe that coins from The Sinosphere are poised to go up sharply in value, but that will only happen with well-preserved coins.

Here is what the catalogs say today. Tomorrow we believe the well preserved value will go up substantially.

4 MON 11 WAVES
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $20

4 MON 21 WAVES
worn: $2 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $8

Please review our Terminology page to properly understand catalog value.

Coin: 14257 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Louis, Thu, 18-Apr-2013 22:52:55 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 04-May-2013 01:43:36 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Thu, 09-Apr-2015 15:15:59 GMT
Requester description: Hello, I have another Japanese coin that I found. It looks like a copper Chinese cash coin with four characters on the front above, below, and on each side of a square hole in the middle. On the back though, it has 21 waves. Thanks
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