By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger
With the recent wrap-up of the April Hong Kong Showcase Auction last week, we turn our attention to the next major world coin auction for Stack’s Bowers: the August ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. Our showcase items for this week are two fascinating pieces of Shogun-era Japanese currency. The Tokugawa Shogunate was a feudal Japanese military government which followed the Japanese “Warring States” period. For over 250 years the Tokugawa Shoguns ruled feudal Japan as autocrats with the Samurai as the elite warrior-caste. This era had a strict class hierarchy, and while the emperor acted as a religious and political leader, the Shogun held the military power and were ultimately more powerful than the emperor.