Thank you Josephine for your kind reply.
I spent some time doing researches on Henry and I’m convinced he was a great character. He resigned from the British Foreign Office because he couldn’t get the position he wanted in the Far-East. So, he worked for the Cuban consulate in Yokohama as a chargé d’affaires. He didn’t like to have contact with Western people in Japan (because of his character, but maybe also because he was married with a Japanese lady). He preferred to spend his time with natives. He did have many Japanese friends, including some high officials. He was quite respected as a numismatist : he had a collection of more than 15 000 coins. Moreover he had written an incredible number of articles on the subject (and some books) both in English and Japanese.
He opened a business with his brother in law, Jun Kobayagawa, who was a philatelist. Their company’s name was “Kobayagawa Co. Stamp and Coin Establishment”. They were selling stamps and coins worldwide.
Unfortunately, he died in 1915, aged 43 years old. The cause of the death was typhoid abdominalis. His wife was still alive when their children were sent abroad, but she had been considered insane for many years and couldn’t be cured at that time.
Henry Ramsden could have become the greatest specialist on Far-Eastern coinage, had he not died so early.
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