1970 Japan 1st World Expo Medal set

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Old World Coins, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. Old World Coins

    Old World Coins Well-Known Member

    I picked this up last week. I found it to be very cool and could find nothing else about it online. Has anyone ever seen one of these.

    Each medal weights 2.5g in Silver, Gold and Platinum.
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  3. DarkRage666

    DarkRage666 Procrastinator

    I don't know but that's pretty damn cool
  4. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    I think it's some sort of good luck charm. Having a box set is very nice.
  5. gxseries

    gxseries Coin Collector

    It's not a good luck charm. These are based off the old currency - koban. Looks like they are struck as bullion format.

    Note that Japan Mint rarely issues medals in platinum so that's pretty scarce there! This will be the third example that I have seen in platinum.
  6. Old World Coins

    Old World Coins Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the input. I kinda thought they mimicked the Koban style but i dont know enough about the coinage or culture to guess any further.
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  7. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    Is there anything on it which says it was issued by the Japan Mint? I couldn't find anything. I would guess it is a bullion issue boxed set by a private issuer in commemoration of the 1970 Osaka expo. Shape looks inspired by the old Japanese koban (小判) coins. It says so on the coins:

    開運 = kaiun = good luck
    小判 = koban = the old ingot style coinage

    the other side has some good-luck phrases:
    千両 = senryou = 1000 ryo, but more generally, immense fortune
    太閤 = taikou = some kind of high position like a grand chancellor

    Anyway, lots of good luck-type stuff, I think it's a third party ingot.
  8. Old World Coins

    Old World Coins Well-Known Member

    Ill check to see if anything saying its from the mint.
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