Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Browns Fan, Jan 12, 2018.
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昭和 = "Show-wa" this is another name for the Emperor Hirohito
三 = "San" or three
十 = "Juu" or ten - Three before ten, three times ten, or 三十, equals thirty
二 = "Knee" or two - add 2 to 30, or 三十二 to get 32.
年 = "Nen" or "year" - this designates the preceding number as a year
All put together, the date reads "The 32nd year of Showa" or the 32nd year of the reign of Emperor Hirohito, which someone else already pointed out corresponds to the year 1957. That particular series of 1 Yen coins, made of aluminum and capable of floating in water (but don't try this unless you want to damage the coin), began in 1955. It looks like you have a pretty nice early example of this coin, though this series doesn't generally carry much value.
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