This antique finished silver coin arrives in a special wooden collectors box, and includes a 1-ounce piece of authentic samurai armor.
The coin depicts a full color samurai battle, while the other side shows the profile of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the coin’s value of $5. Minted in the Cook Islands in 2015, this 1-ounce coin is 38.61 millimeters in diameter and boasts .999 purity.
The samurai were a powerful military caste in feudal Japan, whose honor and discipline still resonate in the collective consciousness today. They began as an elite force, serving the chieftains of Japan’s provinces in the 10th century, before rising to the height of their power in the 12th century as part of the shogunate, the nation’s first military dictatorship. The samurai supported the authority of the shogun and gave him power over the emperor. Their rigorous training began in childhood, and included physical training, as well as an education in poetry and spiritual discipline. Young samurai studied Kendo (“the Way of the Sword”), Zen Buddhism, and were expected to live according to Bushido (“The Way of the Warrior”), a strict ethical code influenced by Confucianism that stressed respect, ethical behavior and self-discipline. The samurai dominated Japanese government and society for centuries, until the Meiji Restoration of 1868 led to the end of the feudal system. Although the samurai represented less than 10% of Japan's population at their height, their teachings still echo through everyday life and in modern Japanese martial arts.
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