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Fuhonsen First Japanese Coin
Fuhonsen First Japanese Coin
Fuhonsen First Japanese Coin
Fuhonsen First Japanese Coin

Fuhonsen First Japanese Coin

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• Short-Sleeve Lightweight T-Shirt
• 65% Polyester / 35% Ring-Spun Cotton
• Fabric weight: 4.5 oz (153 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Double-stitched sleeves and bottom hem

This shirt is so soft that you’ll shout “Sugoi!”

  • Short-Sleeve Lightweight T-Shirt
  • 65% Polyester / 35% Ring-Spun Cotton
  • Fabric weight: 4.5 oz (153 g/m2)
  • Pre-shrunk
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Double-stitched sleeves and bottom hem

Japanese used the barter system in trading before the eighth century. Most items for bartering were clothes, rice, and salt. Originally, the Japanese cash system was thought to have started in the Nara period (710-784) as indicated by the Wado Kaichin coins. 

However, archaeologists found coins minted earlier than that of the Wado Kaichin coins. The coins called Fuhonsen were found in a village in Asuka, Nara Prefecture. Based on the findings, these coins were minted in the seventh century or the Fujiwarakyo Period. They were made from copper alloy, and were based on the Chinese system and units of measurement.

It was initially believed that the usage of Fuhonsen is for charms instead of currency, but further discovery proved that these were the first-ever government-made coins of Japan. During the time that cash was created, Emperor Tenmu reigned in Japan. His seat of power was in Yamato province, which is today’s Kashihara in Nara prefecture. 

Emperor Tenmu was the first considered monarch that bore the title of Tenno (Emperor of Japan). He had many wives and children as ordered by the previous emperor who was his brother. His brother’s goal was to build stronger political ties through family connections. 

You can learn more about the other Japanese coins. If you’re planning to visit Japan, make sure you get to know Japanese money so you’ll have a hassle-free vacation. 

Launched on: April 20, 2020