Report of the Commissioner of the Imperial Mint 5 issues covering the early years
[Japan] Scarce publications in English giving an interesting look at the activities of the Tokyo sub-branch of Japan's Mint in the five years from 1879 to 1884 (except 1881). The reports contain detailed information on gold and silver and copper bullion imports, the number of coins struck, the number of medals struck, and so on. William Gowland and Robert MacLagan are listed as foreign employees of the Mint. Much of the information is directed to Okuma Shigenobu (Minister of Finance), who later founded Waseda University. There are even records of employees who had illnesses and names of VIP visitors from abroad. Also some fold-out charts/tables.
1879. Tokio [Tokyo]. Printed by Kappanbu of Insatsu Kyoku. pp.33. 22.7 x 15.4cm.
1880. Tokio [Tokyo]. Printed by Kappanbu of Insatsu Kyoku. pp.37. 22.7 x 15.4cm.
1882. Hiogo [Hyogo]. Printed at the "Hiogo News" Office. pp.33. 24.1 x 15.8cm.
1883. Hiogo [Hyogo]. Printed at the "Hiogo News" Office. pp.49. 24.1 x 15.8cm.
1884. Hiogo [Hyogo]. Printed at the "Hiogo News" Office. pp.41. 24.1 x 15.8cm.
Overall in good condition. Each with old reference numbers, dates and names written at top and bottom of covers. One with a stamp. Each with a single punched hole at upper left so they were probably stored in a folder on a piece of string. Some chipping to covers. A few issues have some closed tears to a few pages. Otherwise very good. b33060982