Little Surprises on a 500-Yen Coin
Japanese 500-Yen Coin -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Venus 60mm Super Macro f/2.8 — 1/15 sec, f/8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Japanese 500-Yen Coin

After including the above photo on Thoughts on the Venus/Laowa 60mm f/2.8 Super-Macro Lens in February, it was pointed out to me that the coin includes some visible security features that I'd never noticed.

At the bottom of the zero in the middle, the lower-most horizontal line is flanked on each side by a letter P...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Venus 60mm Super Macro f/2.8 + 68mm extension tubes + 2x teleconverter, somewhat cropped — 1/60 sec, f/8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos

This shot was taken with an 8:1 macro setup that falls into the stupid tricks category, using extension tubes and a teleconverter. The accumulated chromatic aberration turns the cold monochromatic metal into a squishy field of splotchy color. But it was fun to try.

The other digits have two letters each as well: the other zero has O and N, and the five has N and I...

N · I · P · P · O · N -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
N · I · P · P · O · N

Together they spell Nippon, which is one way to write Japan in roman letters.

Then you have the hatchmarks that fill the two zeros. Depending on the angle of view and the angle of light, you might get just hatchmarks filling everything....

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Venus 60mm Super Macro f/2.8 — 1/60 sec, f/22, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos

... or you might get proper zeros with a center...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Venus 60mm Super Macro f/2.8 — 1/60 sec, f/22, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos

... or you might get the phrase 500円 written top to bottom....

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Venus 60mm Super Macro f/2.8 — 1/60 sec, f/22, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos

The rear of the coin also has some of these kind of things, but they're much more difficult to see there.

I'd like to try taking these photos again more carefully, but I'll wait until I get a 500-yen coin in better shape than what I could find around the house the day I took these.


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Had no idea! I’m especially surprised about the 500円 showing up in the zeroes. Thanks for sharing!

— comment by Aaron on May 20th, 2015 at 2:55am JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Just ordered the lens and enjoyed your “thoughts” on the Laowa 60 mm Macro lens. Did the speedlight ultimately resolve the camera shake issue?
Thanks,
GK

Well, yes, I think so. You can see the results on the original post and decide for yourself. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gary Kuiper on February 14th, 2017 at 2:46pm JST (9 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink
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