Date help for Japanese 20 Sen

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Jaelus, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    Just picked this up today in a lot.

    I think this says year 5 10 2 Meiji? How do I get a Gregorian date from this? I found some charts, but I'm not sure how to interpret the number itself.


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  3. Hiddendragon

    Hiddendragon World coin collector

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  4. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    Yeah. So it reads right to left so 2x10 + 5 and Meiji 25 is 1892. Thanks!
  5. jcm

    jcm Active Member

    Japanese coins are dated by the nengo (reign period). Meiji began in 1867, so add the reignal years to the start of the reign and you have the date.
    Same for Chinese and other eastern coins.
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