- Ryō (Japanese coin)
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A ryō (Japanese: 両) was a
goldpiece in pre-Meiji Japan. It was worth about sixty monme of silveror four kan (4,000 coins) of copper(the exchange rate fluctuated). It was eventually replaced with a system based on the "yen".
The ryō was originally a unit of weight from
China. It came into use in Japan during the Kamakura period. By the Azuchi-Momoyama periodit had become nearly uniform throughout Japan, about 4.4 monme as a unit of weight (about the same as 16.5 g). The " Keichōkoban", a goldpiece, contained about one ryō of gold, so that koban carried a face value of one ryō. However, successive mintings of the koban had varying (usually diminishing) amounts of gold. As a result, the ryō as a unit of weight of gold and the ryō as the face value of the koban were no longer synonymous.
Japanese mon (currency)
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