500 yen for your thoughts...

Good morning everyone,

Well, today's weather is looking great! It'll get up to 20C with mostly sunny weather. In fact, most of this week is looking nice. They're calling for the nice weather to last through the end of the week. Then, you guessed it, it's supposed to rain on Sunday. Isn't that 5 Sundays in a row with rain? I'm sorry for those of you who have Sundays off, but not that much...ha ha!

So, I'm not sure which one to blame, but two of my students came in on Saturday with colds and I woke up this morning with a really sore throat. If it turns into a proper cold, I'll be banning all students who even sniffle in the future! Ha ha!

I was planning on going for a run and then heading off for a round of golf today, but now I'm wondering if I'll be able to pull off either one...<sigh>.

So, we're on to the last coin (finally!). I've already been told-in no uncertain terms-by a woman a love and respect that she's had enough of reading about coins. And she's been a pain in my butt for a long, long time so I guess I should listen to her! Ha ha! Anyway, today is the last one-I promise!

Tale of the tape
Diameter: 26.5mm
Weight: 7g
72% Copper; 20% Nickel; 8% Zinc

The five hundred yen coin is the newest coin in Japan and potentially the most valuable standard currency coin in the world depending on foreign exchange rates (the Swiss five franc coin is one of its biggest rivals).

The five hundred yen coin is also special in that it has tiny letters hidden throughout the tails side. If you squint real hard you still probably can’t make out N-I-P-P-O-N in 0.2mm letters in these approximate locations.

However, if you hold up the coin flat and look through the two 0's from bottom to top, you should be able to see the writing-500円 in each one? Can you find them?

Because of the value of the coins, they're great for saving money. I've been keeping a piggy bank for a few months now that, once it's full, will add up to around ¥300,000. That's about $3300 in 'real' money (meaning Canadian money, of course!). Hopefully, it'll be full in time for my trip home which will make for a stay in a nice hotel and renting a nice car! And doing some shopping...and going out to nice restaurants...and...wait a second, I'd better get another piggy bank! This is going to get expensive...ha ha!

That’s just about the end of our coin trivia extravaganza, but before we go here’s a math question:

If you had 22 five-yen coins how much money would you have to spend at the store?

If you said, 22 × 5 = 110 then you might be wrong-technically anyway. According to Japanese law, if you attempt to pay with over 21 of the same type of coin the recipient is allowed to not recognize it as legal tender and demand a different form of payment. So according to the law, 22 five yen coins when used together could be worthless… if your shopkeeper is feeling especially jerky that day. I'm pretty sure we have the same law in Canada...or something similar. It's meant to protect shops from people showing up with hundreds of pennies and causing a nuisance...I might try this at a convenience store...just not one that I ever plan on going to again! Ha ha!

Have a great day!

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