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, (Arrow International Co., Ltd.), is a Tokyo-based company which is owned and operated by Herbert J. Cook.
It was established in 1989 and is one of Japan's leading numismatic dealers, handling both wholesale and retail sales. Mr. Cook, a member of the Japan Numismatic Dealers Association, has lived in Japan for more than 50 years and has 40 years of experience with the Japanese collectibles market.
Prior to forming Arrow International he was employed for 8 years by Olympic Coin Gallery, one of Japan's earliest major numismatic companies.

During the height of Japan's sport card boom, Arrow International Co., Ltd. owned and operated 'The Ballpark,' one of Japan's largest retail sports card shops at this time.

has been involved with the online auction business in Japan for many years, conducting coin, sports cards and memorabilia auctions on the Japanese auction platform Yahoo Japan.
Our overseas business activities have included participation in many major coin conventions, both in the U.S. and Europe over the last 40 years. Under the name we were a major eBay Power Seller with over 20 years experience selling to the worldwide marketplace.

We recently have made the decision to leave our eBay operations in order to devote more time and resources to our direct sales operation from our website.

We invite collectors, dealers and anyone with interest in any item posted on our website to contact us via phone or email. . We can also be contacted via Facebook. We’ll make every effort to provide fast and fair service regardless of where in the world you are located!
 

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Jul 08, 2022
QEII 4th Installment
Collecting banknotes with the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II can be very rewarding experience for any collector regardless of their experience in the hobby. There are so many facets to collecting “Queen banknotes” as so many collectors informally but affectionately refer to this area of collecting. The Queens portrait adorns the “issued” banknotes of twenty-nine unique countries and territories and thirty-three if you include countries and territories whose names have changed over the course of her note issues and currently thirty-five if you include those territories which had specimens, proof notes or mockups produced in anticipation of an issue which never happened. The Queens portrait too has changed many times over the course of her reign from her as a princess to portraits depicting the queen as she is now. Fifteen countries still currently issue and circulate banknotes bearing the Queens image in some form on their notes. It is unlikely that there is another theme within numismatics today that is larger, more diverse or arguably as beautiful nor will there ever be again. - Russell Waller

 
Dec 09, 2021
QEII 3rd Installment
Collecting banknotes with the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II can be very rewarding experience for any collector regardless of their experience in the hobby. There are so many facets to collecting “Queen banknotes” as so many collectors informally but affectionately refer to this area of collecting. The Queens portrait adorns the “issued” banknotes of twenty-nine unique countries and territories and thirty-three if you include countries and territories whose names have changed over the course of her note issues and currently thirty-five if you include those territories which had specimens, proof notes or mockups produced in anticipation of an issue which never happened. The Queens portrait too has changed many times over the course of her reign from her as a princess to portraits depicting the queen as she is now. Fifteen countries still currently issue and circulate banknotes bearing the Queens image in some form on their notes. It is unlikely that there is another theme within numismatics today that is larger, more diverse or arguably as beautiful nor will there ever be again. - Russell Waller
Oct 14, 2020
Far East Journal Volume 1

Looking back at history and the events that brought us to where we are is a good way to learn and grow. So too in Numismatics, rediscovering past events can enlighten and educate us.  Bearing this in mind, I’ve decided to post all 12 issues of the Far East Journal, (FEJ) newsletter over the coming months on this website.

This newsletter was a created in 1978/79 by myself and a few friends who were also involved in Japanese numismatics at the time. The main contributor was feature editor Michael L. Cummings (MLC) who wrote many of the stories and articles. I could not have done this without him. Sadly, Mike passed away in 2007.  During his time in Japan Cummings wrote two English editions of a book entitled ‘Modern Japanese Coinage’, the second was published by the FEJ.

Another person I would like to mention by name, who unfortunately is also no longer with us, is Hal Drake who was senior staff writer for Pacific Stars and Stripes at the time. He wrote the article on the destruction of Military Payment Certificates (MPC) in issue No. 9. I, myself had a direct connection to MPC, having used them both in Vietnam and Japan during my time with the military and the Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper from 1967 to 1978.  I often think if only I had known the future collectors/investors market for Military Payment Certificates, I would probably not be doing what I'm doing now!  I hope you enjoy these brief glimpses into the past in relation to Japanese numismatics.   --Herb Cook

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