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Japan Y# 74

Started by mrbadexample, March 06, 2016, 12:43:16 AM

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mrbadexample

Hi all,
Shouldn't be too difficult but not familiar to me. Think aluminium, 1g, ø20mm.

Cheers,
MBE

MORGENSTERNN

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JAPAN Y# 74
YEN Yr.37(1962)

mrbadexample

Thank you. Can you tell me the year?

FosseWay

Below the numerical value are a series of Japanese characters including 三十七, which are the date. Read from left to right, they are 3 10 7, or (3x10)+7 = 37. Hirohito became emperor in 1926, which was Showa year 1, making this coin dated 1926+36 = 1962 as Morgensternn said.

The characters to the left of the date are the era name (Showa) and the one to the right I think just means "year".

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And on the other side, the characters on top mean Nihon (Japan, check them out on Wikipedia). Those at the bottom say 1 yen. The character for yen can also be found on Korean and Chinese coins, but they are pronounced differently in those countries (won, yuan.)

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

mrbadexample