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Modern Asian coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens => Japan, North and South Korea => Topic started by: Numii_Anglii on October 30, 2010, 11:56:24 AM

Title: 2 Sen of Japan (1874), Proof?
Post by: Numii_Anglii on October 30, 2010, 11:56:24 AM
Lovely 2 Sen of Japan (1874), Extra Fine with light edge knock and a Proof?

A lovely example!

(http://i51.tinypic.com/2q3cj1h.jpg)

(http://i54.tinypic.com/ic8xmb.jpg)
Title: Re: 2 Sen of Japan (1874), Proof?
Post by: Numii_Anglii on October 30, 2010, 12:57:18 PM
No comments because I got this one right!  8) :o
Title: Re: 2 Sen of Japan (1874), Proof?
Post by: andyg on October 30, 2010, 01:01:22 PM
yes you did get the date right, it's not a proof though.
If anything it looks to be a high grade coin that's been cleaned and has then retoned.
Title: Re: 2 Sen of Japan (1874), Proof?
Post by: translateltd on October 30, 2010, 08:08:45 PM
Paul Withers once gave me a useful tip: if you're not sure whether an item is a proof or not, then it isn't!

Title: Re: 2 Sen of Japan (1874), Proof?
Post by: Figleaf on October 30, 2010, 09:38:09 PM
It would be better to have the coin in hand, but I tend to agree that it's not a proof. In this time, Japan's modernization drive had resulted in the purchase of up to date mint machinery (they were later on-sold to China, where they remained in service for many more years.) They might have set the weight of the strike too heavy, sacrificing speed for quality. This will produce nice, sharp coins, sometimes even with partial frosting effects. However, since the planchets were not polished before striking, they would not count as proofs. See also this thread (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,6646.0.html).

Peter
Title: Re: 2 Sen of Japan (1874), Proof?
Post by: gxseries on November 11, 2010, 01:30:39 PM
Still worth a fair bit. I'm not too sure if there were any Meiji coins struck in proof but chances are I think there were for many reasons.