Japan. Meiji Era Isshu Gin
1 Shu 1868 .880 silver. VF-EF condition
The first coins of modern Japan. First year of the end of the Shogunate and the restoration of Emperor Mutsuhito (Meiji). Japan's coins of the time were inferior to others in both quality and design so the new government decided to adopt the decimal system and introduce round coins. Becasue it would take two years for personnel and machinery to be put in place at the Osaka Mint, these relics of the old regime were made for two more years.