World of Coins

Modern Asian coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens => Japan, North and South Korea => Topic started by: gpimper on January 08, 2020, 04:34:45 PM

Title: 50 Yen
Post by: gpimper on January 08, 2020, 04:34:45 PM
This one had me a little flummoxed until I figured out the date.  1967 50 Yen under the 42nd year reign of Emperor Showa (Hirohito).  3.9g and 20mm.
Title: Re: 50 Yen
Post by: Figleaf on January 10, 2020, 06:24:39 AM
Good work, Chief. You don't have to speak Japanese fluently to work out what it says on the coin. The only new character is the one that looks like + at 6 o'clock. It means 10. The character to its left is 5. Together, they form 50.

So what are the chrysanthemums doing on this coin?

Peter

Title: Re: 50 Yen
Post by: gpimper on January 10, 2020, 07:36:52 PM
chrysanthemums...I had to look but realized I remember it.  Also called "mums".  Japan has an annual festival for them.  Not as cool as the cherry blossom festival, though :-) 
Title: Re: 50 Yen
Post by: Figleaf on January 10, 2020, 08:13:45 PM
True, but in this context it's something a bit more official (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Seal_of_Japan).

Peter
Title: Re: 50 Yen
Post by: gpimper on January 10, 2020, 08:49:25 PM
If remember correctly (some times tricky these days :-) it was adopted as the Empirical Seal for Japan.  Update, sorry, Peter, I missed your link...guess my memory isn't as bad as I thought!
Title: Re: 50 Yen
Post by: Figleaf on January 11, 2020, 09:16:01 AM
Now that you have acquired the skill to analyse Japanese coins, maybe you can help your daughter do the same. I am sure she's as smart as her mom. ;)

Peter
Title: Re: 50 Yen
Post by: gpimper on January 11, 2020, 04:27:18 PM
She is smart and we've been working on it.  At 12, however, they are a little flighty  :-\  It's a work in progress.