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1946 Japan Nippon 50 Sen coin pendant hoho bird Phoenix fushichō Tokyo Osaka Kobe Okinawa Yokohama Kawasaki Shibuya Saitama Hiroshima Yono Sendai Chiba Sakai Shizuoka n000488

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1946 Japan 50 Sen {1-year issue} 11S 

Shōwa year 21

front: Flying phoenix among clouds,
chrysanthemum on top, value and denomination below

Lettering: 錢十五
Translation: 50 sen

Fenghuang is made up of the beak of a rooster, the face of a swallow, the forehead of a fowl, the neck of a snake, the breast of a goose, the back of a tortoise, the hindquarters of a stag and the tail of a fish. Today, however, it is often described as a composite of many birds including the head of a golden pheasant, the body of a mandarin duck, the tail of a peacock, the legs of a crane, the mouth of a parrot, and the wings of a swallow.

The fenghuang's body symbolizes the celestial bodies: the head is the sky, the eyes are the sun, the back is the moon, the wings are the wind, the feet are the earth, and the tail is the planets. The fenghuang is said to have originated in the sun. Its body contain the five fundamental colors: black, white, red, yellow, and green. It sometimes carries scrolls or a box with sacred books. It is sometimes depicted with a fireball. It is sometimes depicted as having three legs. It is believed that the bird only appears in areas or places that are blessed with utmost peace and prosperity or happiness.

back: cog, tools and a bundle of wheat and rice, flanked by fish


Japanese government
Year 21 of Shōwa

• quantity 1
• demonetized (no longer in circulation) polished Brass coin
• diameter: 23 mm
• weight: 4.5 g

• 22" black cotton necklace with lobster clasp, 2 mm thick {see last photo}
• 24” brass ball chain, 2.4 mm thick {lightweight 5 g}
• 2-1/2" brass snake keychain with snap end {see last photo} 
• no chain or cord

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