NAGASAKI. Bond of 100 Yen. orange, black, red. Central fold. Very large format, with vignette of the busy port, with dozens of ships, large and small. On the reverse is a large plan of the port - most unusual for a Japanese piece. Early date for a Japanese piece, especially one of this beauty. Nagasaki lies at the head of a beautiful inlet, some 3 miles long, which forms a splendid anchorage. It was much used as a coaling-station and by warships, but had an important import/export role. Also a shipbuilding centre. In the 16th century nagasaki became the headquarters of Japanese Christianity, and thus the sole trading-station in foreign hands, with the Dutch and Chinese having permanent bases there. These brought great prosperity to the city, and boosted the importance of its port. The destruction in 1945, by the second atomic bomb, was a total disaster for the city. Rare bond.
Themes: CITY & STATE BONDS, SHIPPING
Startprice: € 400