Exhibition: Samurai Gold – Money in Japan in the Tokugawa Period (Ashmolean Museum)

Date of event:   20/08/2021 − 23/01/2021

Title: Samurai Gold: Money in Japan in the Tokugawa Period
Duration: until 23 January 2022
Institution: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

Japan relied heavily on imported Chinese money before the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu launched a national Japanese currency in 1601. The Tokugawa coinage lasted for two centuries until the Meiji restoration.


This free display, of a selection of Japanese money, will include some spectacular gold coins, coins of differing shapes and sizes, and unusual paper money. It will also highlight a 19th-century monetary episode in Japan’s history which ultimately contributed to the downfall of the Shogunate.

For more information, please visit the website here.