I saw this picture of a Meiji era 2-sen coin in the 2013 game Tomb Raider:

  • Front:


  • Back:


The front is easily readable, and explained by the caption:

  • [大日本]{だいにっぽん}
  • [明治]{めいじ}[六年]{ろくねん}
  • 2SEN

The back is bit more difficult, but I think I got all but one:

  • [二銭]{にせん}
  • [五十枚]{ごじゅうまい}
  • ?[一圓]{いちえん}

What is the one kanji before the 「[一圓]{いちえん}」? Since the rest of it reads legitimate, I believe that's an actual kanji, but it's not very clear.

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    Looks like (swap, exchange). See en.wiktionary.org/wiki/換. If you consider that 100銭 gives you 1圓, then 五十枚二銭 exchanges (換) for 一圓. – dROOOze Dec 19 '17 at 14:43
  • @droooze that makes sense. Post an answer, please! – muru Dec 19 '17 at 14:48

The character looks very much like , which means to swap or exchange. Since 百錢 exchanges for 一圓, the coin just says 五十枚二銭換一圓 or 50*2銭 coins exchanges for 1圓.

  • Thanks. I mistook the radical in it, thought it was , so nothing matched the kanjis I tried drawing. – muru Dec 19 '17 at 15:08

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