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SAMURAI Japanese Great Warrior Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2010


The final release in the Great Warriors series ends spectacularly with a stunning release portraying a Japanese Samurai.

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Samurai is the term for the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan. According to translator William Scott Wilson: "In Chinese, the character was originally a verb meaning to wait upon or accompany a person 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 9th century.

All coins in the series Great Warrior:

  • Roman Legionary
  • Viking Norseman
  • Medieval Knight
  • Japanese Samurai
  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s coloured reverse portrays a Samurai in full armour. Each suit of Japanese armour (kikou), Japanese helmet (kabuto) and Japanese sword (katana) are believed to have a soul or chi.
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coin depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2010 year-date on the obverse.