Authentic hansatsu paper money (clan note), 1600s-1860, Edo period Japan

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Hansatsu paper money / banknote, 100% authentic but unattributed, from a large collection of hansatsu notes we are selling. 15,3cmx3,7cm. 

In the early 1600's, during the Edo period, feudal domains of Japan issued paper money called hansatsu for exclusive use within the domain. This paper currency supplemented the coinage of the Tokugawa shogunate. Most scrip carried a face value in silver coinage, but gold and copper equivalent paper money also circulated. In addition, some paper money was marked for exchange in kind for a commodity such as rice. 

The paper money was regional - each domain formulated its own rules about its use. While there were some that forbade the shogunate's coinage, many allowed both coins and paper money to circulate. As a rule, hansatsu circulated only within the domain that issued it, but there were exceptions.  In 1871, the Government of Meiji Japan ordered the abolition of the hansatsu system and ordered the exchange of all old paper money for the new national currency. 

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