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An employee of jewelry maker Ginza Tanaka poses with a 100-kg Maple Leaf gold coin featuring the image of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, at a promotional event in Tokyo on Tuesday. The coin, which is made of pure gold, measures 53 cm in height and is not for sale. At today's rate, 1 kg of pure gold costs 4,601,000 yen.

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Dont drop that on your foot, girl

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Yes, a Maple leaf is definitely a Canadian coin. It's nice - but Perth Mint made a 1 tonne coin Oct last year.

doesn't earn interest............it just sits there

True, but owning gold is a good hedge against inflation - which is a loss of buying power of your fiat currency.

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doesn't earn interest............it just sits there.

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if you look carefully you can see "1 MILLION DE DOLLARS" which would be French - for 1 Million dollars....that plus the reference to the Maple Leaf would likely mean it's Canadian.

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Please excuse me while go over there to look after that other customer.

S

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Canadian? Ever thought of Australian dollar? The most strongest dollar besides the US? I think it could well be an Aussie coin. It seems the shape of our 50 cent....

It is either Canadian or Australian, but the Aussie dollar being more famous.

SORRY! I was wrong, I spoke too soon! Indeed this is a coin made by the Royal Canadian Mint. These coins are awesome! This one is not for sale, but the ones from Canada are! :D

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Canadian? Ever thought of Australian dollar? The most strongest dollar besides the US? I think it could well be an Aussie coin. It seems the shape of our 50 cent....

It is either Canadian or Australian, but the Aussie dollar being more famous.

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And yeah the Queen's head is on it.....it's even on our 20$ bills !!!

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the Canadian dollar (or "loonie" like we call it) looks excatly like that...except roughly the size of a quarter.

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this is very kawaii.

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They should make chocolate coins to sell.

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MEEOW... fyi... Lizzy is the head of state in Canada.. but.. she doesn't appear on all currency... all coins.. but only the 20$ note.. lets's all be friendly.. and Japan is fascinated with US. and the world is fascinated with Japan.. i think someone was having an inferiority complex for a moment there.. but.. i am sure it passes.. sunshine and rainbows for everyone.

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Looks like the 50 cent silver coin in Australia, got the Queen on it. Watch out for the 2 Eastern Asian women from Aichi, they might visit Tokyo next

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Looks nice.

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no economy problems in Ginza

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shiofuki: Meant to add, and I see YongYang pointed out, that Queen Elizabeth II is on all Canadian currency, paper and coins.

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shiofuki: "It's pounds in the UK, love, not dollars. As usual Japan panders to the US it admires and hates so much"

Who hates whom, really? The only thing 'usual' here is you jumping to conclusions. It's in dollars, and it clearly states the 'Maple Leaf', doesn't it? What does that tell you? Seems to hint that it's a giant, Canadian, one dollar coin (save made of gold), or a 'Loonie', as they are lovably called there. If you're going to accuse people of being incorrect or not knowing things, perhaps you ought to learn a little more yourself first.

bdiego: "Blame the Canadians for using dollars, not the US or Japan."

I'm assuming you know that MANY countries use 'the dollar' as their currency besides Canada and the US, but at any rate I think shiofuki was blaming Japan.

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I can see a rap artist wearing that around his neck.

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Blame the Canadians for using dollars, not the US or Japan. Pounds are only used in a few small countries in Africa and Europe (most notably Britain).

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In the category of: "Having too much money and don't know what to do with it"

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wow!so gold!

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The 'coin' is dated 2007, when a kg of gold would 'only' have cost about 2.6 M yen. So whoever owns it has made a tidy 200 M yen profit.

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Canadian dollars with the figure head of the Queen because she is still the "head of state".

Can't get that one into the vending machine?

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Maple Leaf, has to be Canadian, and the unit of the denomination is dollars. Liz is the Head of State of Canada. Know thy place, eh?

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It's pounds in the UK, love, not dollars

Surely it's a Canadian coin - where they use dollars

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It's pounds in the UK, love, not dollars.

As usual Japan panders to the US it admires and hates so much.

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Kawaii ! but coin may be too heavy for this employee who is not wearing a single gold ornament.

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not exactly pocket change.

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