Japan (Meiji Era): gold Nibu-Kin (2 bu), ca. 1868-1869 PCGS XF45, cert.#29851551. KM(C) 21d, .223 gold and .777 silver, 11 x 19 mm, 3.0 g. Ex-Clark Smith World Gold Coins, 8/20/13 (via VCoins store). Purchased raw. I wanted something a little different and attractive (and not too pricey), so I was considering a piece of modern NCLT (non-circulating legal tender), but instead chose this cute little coin. I liked that it was exotic (and rectangular- I like square and rectangular coins, for some reason). Better yet, it was gold, albeit mostly alloyed with silver. And well below a hundred bucks, which you can't say about many older gold coins these days, even small ones. And unlike a piece of modern NCLT, it's got some historical interest, since it hearkens back to the time when Japan was changing from a feudal system under the last of the shoguns and into a more modern and industrialized society. Miscellaneous Links: PCGS cert verification page (w/TrueView image link) NGC/Krause priceguide trends Wikipedia links: Meiji Period Ichibuban (& Nibuban- rectangular coinage) When posted here, this coin was a past selection from my "Eclectic Box of 20" collection. It has since been sold, but I thought it would be fun to repost it anyway.