1922 JP Imperial Japanese Silver Coin-50 Sen, In Beautiful Presentation Box With Story Card and Certification. 18mm Fine

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Imperial Japanese Silver Coin-50 Sen, In Beautiful Presentation Box With Story Card and Certification.Struck in Japan from 1922-1938 under the Emperor Yoshihito and his son Hirohito, these gorgeous silver coins are rich in symbolic imagery. The cherry blossoms, eight-lobed mirror, Paulownia flowers, chrysanthemum, and phoenix all inform the coin with a wealth of meaning, as

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Imperial Japanese Silver Coin-50 Sen, In Beautiful Presentation Box With Story Card and Certification.Struck in Japan from 1922-1938 under the Emperor Yoshihito and his son Hirohito, these gorgeous silver coins are rich in symbolic imagery. The cherry blossoms, eight-lobed mirror, Paulownia flowers, chrysanthemum, and phoenix all inform the coin with a wealth of meaning, as does the precious metal itself.Silver represents security, reliability, intelligence, modesty, and maturity. The chrysanthemum-kiku in Japanese-is the Imperial coat of arms. Indeed, the Imperial office itself is known as the Chrysanthemum Throne, and is the oldest monarchy in the world. It is said that the Empire of Japan was founded in 660 BCE by the Emperor Jimmu Tenno, and that his descendents continue to reign to this day; the current Emperor Akhito (Heisei Tenno) is the direct 125th descendant of Jimmu. The blossoms of the sakura, or cherry tree, are held in the highest esteem in Japan; their annual spring bloom is widely celebrated. Cherry blossoms symbolize innocence, simplicity, and rebirth. The Paulownia (or “princess”) tree is called kiri in J apan, and is the emblem of the Prime Minister. The stems attached form a karakusa-a winding-stem pattern that is often expressed in various Japanese traditional artistry.According to legend, the phoenix, or Hō-ō, appears very rarely, and only to mark the beginning of a new era-the birth of a virtuous ruler, for example. In other traditions, a Hō-ō sighting indicates a period of peace and prosperity. This mythical bird represents fire, the sun, justice, obedience, fidelity, and the southern star constellations.Finally, the sacred mirror, an ancient bronze artifact with eight lobes, is part of the Japanese Imperial regalia. Kept from public view by priests housed in Ise Shrine in Mie prefecture, the Yata noKagami, as it is called in Japan, is considered an essential possession for a new emperor to claim the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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