1043754 | JAPAN. Ansei period.
(1854–1860). 1859-68 (ND) AR Bu, Ichibu. PCGS MS63.
8.63gm. 一分銀 (Ichi-Bu-Gin). Denomination within rectangle, sakura (cherry blossoms) border /
Incuse 安, inscription within rectangle and sakura (cherry blossoms) border. C 16a; JNDA 09-52 Ansei 安 政 (Variant No.37, Sakura positions: Fb(?)).
Hammered Coinage. Ansei era.
Please use this link to verify the PCGS certification number 84361808 The era name of Ansei means "tranquil government" (Ansei gannen / 安政元年) and was created to herald the beginning of a peaceful period. The impetus and explanation for this change of era names was said to have been the burning of the Palace in Kyoto in the preceding summer. The new era name was derived from an hortatory aphorism: "Rule peacefully over the masses, then the ruler will remain in his place" (庶民安政、然後君子安位矣). Although the notion seems appealing, the arrival of the Black Ships and Commodore Matthew C. Perry is not specifically recognized as a factor in the change of era names.