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Japanese Coin and Samurai Sword Ring

Japanese Coin and Samurai Sword Ring

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This ring is truly one of a kind. We take polished and unpolished fragments of Iron Kan'ei Tsūhō coins from the late Edo Period and place them over top of Diamond Dust and Shungite. Lastly we accent the ring with shavings from authentic Japanese Samurai Swords!

Coin Origin: Iron Kan'ei Tsūhō, valued at 1 mon, were minted by the Japanese during a period of copper shortage in the late Edo Period (1739 - 1859). These coins were originally cast from a copper alloy beginning in the early Edo Period (1603 - 1768), after centuries of using Chinese coins for trade. However, Japanese copper mines began to run dry in the early 1700's and the government switched to iron to continue creating money.

Sword Origin: Origin: These cut pieces of Japanese swords date back to the late Edo to Meiji era, or around the mid 1800's to early 1900's. Japan had just come out of a two and a half century long period of isolation, and was quickly modernizing to compete on the world stage. Though the samurai class was practically abolished in the 1870's, swords remained an important part of Japanese society. Historically, samurai would carry at least two swords: the katana, a longsword, and the wakizashi, a shortsword.

The swords you see here were not cut apart by us or our source at History Hoard! They were most likely destroyed after Japan passed strict weapon laws in the 1950's. Under the new law, all mass produced swords were banned and traditionally crafted swords became highly regulated. People who owned antique swords were required to obtain a permit in order to keep them, a costly and time consuming process. Unfortunately this drove many people to cut their swords' blades down to less than 15 centimeters long, which made them legal to own without a permit.

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