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Japan 100 Mon Tempo Tshuho (Oval Coin, Square Hole)  1835 to 1870
Japan 100 Mon Tempo Tshuho (Oval Coin, Square Hole) 1835 to 1870

What you've probably got, Lou, is a bronze 100 mon coin from Japan. There are a few other patterns of Asian logograms, but the one shown in our picture is the most common. It is hard to miss the unusual shape.

Coins with the pattern shown catalog like this:

worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $25

If your coin has a different pattern, it is probably worth more. Take it to a coin dealer or knowledgeable collector, or send us a picture by stating an e-mail exchange with CoinQuest (see Contact Us link).

Coin: 14829 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Lou, Wed, 03-Jul-2013 12:52:19 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 02-Nov-2013 01:30:02 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Mon, 21-Sep-2015 02:13:24 GMT
Requester description: Oval coin. Square hole in center. Writings on both sides in Chinese? Approx 2 inches.
Tags: japan 100 mon tempo tshuho oval square hole japanese japanise japenese japanize japanes oblong elliptic ellipse ovals squarish boxed squared boxes squares box center offcenter chinese china 2 off offset certer centre centers centered taiwan chine chineese

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