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    So I've got this random Japanese coin...

    No idea where it came from, and no idea what it says, just know it's Japanese and Google is getting me no where, so maybe my wonderful friends here at the Ubuntu Forums could help me out.
    Through the use of gnome-character-map I was able to get the actual text on the coin. I'm not entirely sure about the first letter on the second line, but here's what it says:

    パーラー
    ぷらは

    The coin itself is silver in color, with a slight bit of yellow. It has 16 stars around the outer ring, and the edges are smooth. Both sides depict the same text shown above (as well as the stars).

    Again, I have no idea where I got this, and when it did come to be in my possession I didn't even know it was Japanese. It was just now that I recognized the characters as katakana and hiragana. Google is leading me nowhere in my quest for answers, except to tell me that the first line is "parlor" and the second line is "Prague", which really doesn't make any sense to me.


    Can anyone help me with satisfy my curiosity?

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    Last edited by klange; July 5th, 2008 at 11:39 PM.

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    Re: So I've got this random Japanese coin...

    If the writing's round the edge, it's probably just details like when it was made and where. What do you want to find out about it specifically?

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    Re: So I've got this random Japanese coin...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mazza558 View Post
    If the writing's round the edge, it's probably just details like when it was made and where. What do you want to find out about it specifically?
    The writing is in the middle. I'll get a scan/picture of it in a bit.
    I just want to know what it is/where it came from/what the significance of it is.

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    Re: So I've got this random Japanese coin...

    That doesn't look monetary at all.

    I'm by no means an expert on this sort of thing, but it looks more like a token than currency. Then again, I know nothing about eastern currency.

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    Re: So I've got this random Japanese coin...

    How about the other side? for an image please.
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    Re: So I've got this random Japanese coin...

    Maybe an arcade token? At least that's what it looks like, and if parlor is correct, it would make sense.

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    Re: So I've got this random Japanese coin...

    Quote Originally Posted by Superkoop View Post
    Maybe an arcade token? At least that's what it looks like, and if parlor is correct, it would make sense.
    That's what I was thinking. Doesn't quite explain why I have it, lol. I'm still searching Google to see if I can find it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lostincyberspace View Post
    How about the other side? for an image please.
    Same on both sides.
    Last edited by klange; July 5th, 2008 at 11:56 PM.

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    Re: So I've got this random Japanese coin...

    Is it weighty or does it feel cheap?

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    Re: So I've got this random Japanese coin...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mazza558 View Post
    Is it weighty or does it feel cheap?
    It doesn't feel "cheap". Feels like it ways about as much as a nickel, but it's the size of a quarter (however, it's thinner, so...).

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    Re: So I've got this random Japanese coin...

    looks like pachinko token.

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