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Japanese 1 Shu (1853-1865)  

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 Posted 05/28/2010  01:08 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Sprucansailor to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here two pictures of the first coin I let my daughter pick out. She absolutely fell in love with it. LOL I do not know anymore about this coin than was on the card, can anyone help me out with any further information?

Here is what is listed on the card that came with it:

Japan (1853-1865)
1 Shu
KM. 12
.968 Silver

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 Posted 05/28/2010  02:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add wd1040 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Turn it 90 degrees clockwise and you'll get the right orientation :D

The first picture says "One shu silver." It's just a measurement of weight.

On the back, the incuse part says "set," and the other words, reading from up to down, right to left, says "Ginza (made) or (actual) depending on how you read it. Ginza was the primary mint during the Edo and Meiji Period in Japan and it means "silver seat"

Here's a good site from the Bank of Japan for reference. Flip through the other pages too and it's a really good guide to the history of Japanese Money!

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 Posted 05/29/2010  3:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add wwhitman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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And I must say your daughter has good taste.
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