Japanese need help

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Heavymetal, May 16, 2019.

  1. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Well-Known Member

    B327B73C-0B54-439C-8D2C-6C0081AE1E9B.jpeg 14C8A118-0FFF-4358-8251-249927C63C20.jpeg 07E1E1AA-44EE-4843-A7F5-3BEF90A23F43.jpeg A3D002CE-56D4-4153-A521-CD2028A605A0.jpeg My wife’s cousin has these in his collection but doesn’t know much about them. Sorry for the poor pics
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  3. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    It's Chinese, not Japanese, and it looks like
    it's a '20 Cash' denomination, although your
    photos are too dark to tell.

    Generally, these are just worth a few dollars at best.
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  4. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Well-Known Member

    Thank you Fred. I’ll get a look at his whole collection when I get to Florida next winter
  5. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    The top coin appears to an 1875 2 Sen coin worth about $4.00. The other seems to a 1 Sen coin minted from 1916 to 1938. However, better pictures are required to confirm the dates and eras.
  6. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the more accurate description.

    I guessed 20 cash from the size and copper color.

    B.T. - those ARE Japanese pieces then? Got that wrong too.
  7. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    I also think the coins are Japanese instead, in Kanji characters. I used Photoshop to brighten up the first image. Believe it said Year 8 of Meiji period. Need clearer photos for sure.
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  8. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    Correct the stylized chrysanthemum and paulownia flowers are symbols of the Emperor and Japanese Government, thus giving away the country of origin.
  9. ewomack

    ewomack Senior Member Supporter

    Yes, they are definitely Japanese. The other giveaway are the Kanji "大日本" ("Dai Ni Hone") which means "Great Japan" or "Empire of Japan," the name Japan used to refer to itself prior to World War II.

    I can't make out the date on the second 1 Sen coin - it's buried in the darkness of the photograph.

    Also, 1 Sen (一銭) was 1/100 of a Yen. The Sen, like the name "Great Japan," also vanished from Japan after WWII.
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  10. gxseries

    gxseries Coin Collector

    They are both Japanese. First coin is 2 sen dated 1875 (Meiji 8). Better photos will help identify the second coin.
  11. R_rabbit

    R_rabbit Well-Known Member

    9C2F4CF5-44A6-40BC-841A-A8F12B183C14.jpeg 383DAB19-75B1-461B-8131-E533D253D7D3.jpeg :)
    I copied and turned the brightness up for you all.
  12. R_rabbit

    R_rabbit Well-Known Member

    E48B802E-45E0-4EA8-B8E7-4712FBF9961D.jpeg 2389D49C-9D12-4A09-B746-E82E0BA468FC.jpeg
    :) that should be easier to read now.
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  13. Milesofwho

    Milesofwho Omnivorous collector

    The top one is Showa year 6. Thus, it’s from 1931. Showa was the reign title of Hirohito.
  14. ewomack

    ewomack Senior Member Supporter

    Yes, I can see it now, 昭和六年 or Showa 6, as already stated.

    One more thing, dates (and all text) on Japanese coins appeared from right to left before the 1950s, so the date actually looks like this on the coin: 年六和昭

    So "Great Japan" reads like this: 本日大

    Modern Japanese coins read left to right, so on more recent coins "Japan" now appears like this: 日本国

    Also, around the Chrysanthemum on reverse top of the 2 Sen, the characters read "50 to one yen," similar to the "1/100" and "1/200" on the reverse of Early American copper cents and half cents.
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  15. Cegest

    Cegest New Member

    Could someone please help me identify this coin. I think it is Chinese or Japanese. It has similar symbols to other coins but it has markings on the back that I can’t match.
  16. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    What coin?
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