Perry Collection

Perry & the Trip to Japan

Coins from the Voyage to Japan

A series of coins from the Perry Collection dating from the early to mid-nineteenth century may relate to Perry's journey to Japan in 1852-4. Those from Madeira, Thailand, Malacca, the Straits Settlements, and India were probably acquired by the Commodore on his journey from America across the Pacific and Indian oceans to Japan. Four coins from China may have been picked up by Perry on his trip there in 1853 before he returned to Japan the following year, and he probably acquired the two coins from Japan during the diplomatic negotiations undertaken over the trade treaty.

Image["Chinese 20 cash coin, 1853-5"]

(Chinese 20 cash coin, 1853-5)

Image["Chinese 100 cash coin, 1853-5"]

(Chinese 100 cash coin, 1853-5)

Image["Chinese 20 cash coin, 1853-5"]

(Chinese 20 cash coin, 1853-5)

Image["Japanese mon sen, 1636-1859"]

(Japanese 1 mon sen coin, 1636-1859)

Image["Japanese 4 mon sen coin, 1769-1860"]

(Japanese 4 mon sen coin, 1769-1860)

Image["Madeiran 10 reis coin, 1842"]

(Madeiran 10 reis coin, 1842)

Image["Thai bullet coin, one salung, 1851-68"]

(Thai 1 salung 'bullet' coin, 1851-68)

Image["Thai bullet coin, 1/4 baht, 1851-56"]

(Thai ¼ baht 'bullet' coin, 1851-56)

Image["Malaccan 1 keeping coin, 1831"]

(Malaccan 1 keeping coin, 1831)

Image["¼ cent coin from the Straits Settlements, 1845"]

(¼ cent coin from the Straits Settlements, 1845)

Image["½ cent coin from the Straits Settlements, 1845"]

(½ cent coin from the Straits Settlements, 1845)

Image["1 cent coin from the Straits Settlements, 1845"]

(1 cent coin from the Straits Settlements, 1845)

Image["1 cent coin from the Straits Settlements, 1845"]

(1 cent coin from the Straits Settlements, 1845)

Image["Indian ½ anna coin, 1845"]

(Indian ½ anna coin, 1845)

Image["¼ anna coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1832"]

(¼ anna coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1832)

Image["¼ anna coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1833"]

(¼ anna coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1833)

Image["¼ rupee coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1800-45"]

(¼ rupee coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1800-45)

Image["½ rupee coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1800-45"]

(½ rupee coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1800-45)

Image["1 rupee coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1832-5"]

(1 rupee coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1832-5)

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