The top two are coins bought about a year ago in the US. Based on typical exchange rates (I don't know what year they were bought in Japan), they were a bit cheaper for me than the original purchaser. ¥500 yen to $4 and ¥1000 to $6. I usually get coins from my local dealer for about 10-20% off his list prices, so I probably paid about $12 for the pair. It's interesting to compare prices in different countries, though I would imagine there is a lot of variation from seller to seller. Have any of you purchased coins in person while traveling abroad? Please post if you like. Looks like the dealer had a rubber stamp for the Era "明治 年" (Meiji .. year) and separate red stamp for the year number. The dealer above just wrote in the year in red pen, though.