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SAMURAI HISTORY Original Armor 1 Oz Silver Proof Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2015


Amazing Silver 999 coin issue dedicated to the legendary warriors of Japan, the Samurai or Bushi better known in the Land of the Rising Sun as "those who serve in close attendance to the nobility". A real authentic Samurai armor piece makes the coin a unique masterpiece. Don't miss it, limited mintage of 999 pieces worldwide.

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Samurai or Bushi
Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. In Japanese, they are usually referred to as bushi or buke. According to translator William Scott Wilson: "In Chinese, the ideogram word was originally a verb meaning to wait upon or accompany persons in the upper ranks of society, and this is also true of the original term in Japanese, saburau. In both countries the terms were nominalized to mean "those who serve in close attendance to the nobility", the pronunciation in Japanese changing to saburai. According to Wilson, an early reference to the word "samurai" appears in the Kokin Wakashu (905–914), the first imperial anthology of poems, completed in the first part of the 10th century.

By the end of the 12th century, samurai became almost entirely synonymous with bushi, and the word was closely associated with the middle and upper echelons of the warrior class. The samurai followed a set of rules that came to be known as bushidō. While the samurai numbered less than 10% of Japan's population, their teachings can still be found today in both everyday life and in modern Japanese martial arts.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2015
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The coin's reverse depicts in the foreground two Samurai warriors fighting with their swords. Their characteristic Samurai's armors are in vivid color and high relief. In the background the characteristic temples of Japan with the rising sun on the top. A real authentic piece of Samurai armor is in the bottom of the coin. The inscription “History of the Samurai” and the issue date complete the design.
In the coin's obverse the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the face value and the issue country.