20 Yen

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Description (Brief)
One (1) 20 yen coin, Meiji
Japan, 1870
Obverse Image: A sunburst surrounded by a wreath and superimposed over the Yata no Kagami sacred mirror, a part of the Imperial Regalia of Japan; two crossing poles, which each hold up a Japanese war banner extending to the left and right sides of the reverse; above is the Imperial Seal of Japan, a stylized chrysanthemum flower; beneath is the Government Seal of Japan, paulownia flower.
Obverse Text: N/A
Reverse Image: Circling dragon in a pearled border with Kanji surrounding.
Reverse Text: Romanization: MEIJI / SAN / NEN / DAI / NIHON / NI / JU / EN (Translation: Meiji year 3, Great Japan, 20 yen).
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Physical Description
gold (overall material)
overall: 2 mm x 35 mm; 3/32 in x 1 3/8 in
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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