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An Expo Coin from my Birthplace

In 1975 Japan issued a 100 Yen coin to commemorate the Ocean Expo held on the Island of Okinawa.  The Expo itself was partially commemorating the US handover of Okinawa to the Japanese after we had administered it since WWII.  The Expo was also supposed to stimulate the economy of Okinawa, a part of Japan that was not having the robust economic growth of the main Islands.   This 100 Yen was also the third commemorative issued by the Japanese government after the issues of 1000 Thousand and 100 Yen for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  There have been many commemoratives since then, including a set of 1000 yen silver coins for each Japanese Province, including Okinawa. 

The obverse depicts the Shureimon gate and stylized waves.
The reverse depicts the Expo 75 logo, the denomination, and the date, Showa Year 50 (1975)

3 months ago

Very nice specimen you have there!  I'll have to keep my eye out for one for myself.  I had a gem specimen of the 1000 yen commemorative, but never did find a 100 yen to go with it.  Thank you for sharing!

3 months ago

Lovely. Reminds me of the Olympic coin, 1964?

3 months ago

I think it's a great coin. Made for a.great purpose. I.would of loved to have seen the others. Thanks learned something today. That's important. Mike

3 months ago

Nice to see someone still issues expo commemoratives. The last time the U.S. did was with the 1935-36 California Pacific International Expo half dollar. I'd like to see the mint strike an expo commem for the current modern series.

3 months ago
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