Artifact of the Week: Japanese Coins

Where do you think these coins came from?

How old do you think they are?

What can they tell us about the people who used them?



Answers:

Where do you think these coins came from?

These coins are from Japan.

How old do you think they are?

These coins were minted sometime before World War II, after 1912 but before 1926.

What can these coins tell us about the people who used them?

There is definitely more than one answer to this question! There is a lot to notice, even on these small coins. For example, you might have noticed that the coins have plants or flowers on them, and from that you could guess that plants and flowers are important, maybe symbolic, to the people who use these. In fact, what looks kind of like the sun at the top of the coins is a chrysanthemum, which is a symbol of the Japanese emperor, and is on the imperial seal.



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