Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Unusual coin

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Dear Mr. Livshits,
My husband has had many coins in a box and old pouches for many years, which belonged to his grandmother.  We are not coin collectors but several months ago I decided to look at them and to try and identify them. Goodness there are many from so many countries. So having said this I'm having a problem identifying one coin! I think it's probably from Japan or China not sure, have been searching for many hours. To describe this coin would be difficult other than (not sure)if it is the front that has what looks like a snowflake? or the back. The other side has leaves? and a double circle and in the circle looks like the number 1 with what looks like Japanese writing or Chinese. I have scanned them and I could show you. Is it possible to identify this coin without looking at it?  Can you help? I would appreciate any information you can send me.  Thank you!

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Hi Lilly,
By any chance is it this coin? http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110718215226/currencies/images/b/b5/1sen-T5

If so, it's indeed from Japan and a 1 sen denomination from either the Taisho or Showa reign in the early 20th century. They are pretty common in circulated condition.

Thanks for the question! =)

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Dmitry Livshits

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My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.

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Collector of world coins since early childhood. Access to a variety of auction records and reference material. You can also find me on Facebook.

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A.S. in Psychology (2006), B.A. in Forensic Psychology (2008), M.A. in Forensic Psychology (2011).

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