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20 January 2011: Need a little help identifying what kind of coin Mikoto uses in To Aru Kagaku no Railgun

Turns out J.C. Staff saves money by just changing the backgrounds.

One might assume Mikoto in To Aru Kagaku no Railgun would use a Yen coin to do her razzmatazz. But inspired to see how much money she was wasting with each shot, I took a closer look (larger PNG screenshot) and it does not appear to be a Japanese coin at all. If you know what this is and can actually verify your claim with some supporting evidence, fax me a picture or something, please.

Update: Mystery solved:

The coin doesn't seem to be a direct copy of real world currency, as the text on the back side seems to be written in engrish. Something to the effect of "Trap of arrest". The crown on the one face looks like the "Queen Victoria Crown", which can be found on some English and Australian coins, but none that I've seen match the coin from the show exactly.

Ha ha. Trap of arrest.

Niku explains:

It is a game coin from an arcade. Here is a quote from Volume 1 Prologue: The Tale of the Illusion Killer Boy — The Imagine-Breaker.

"Her hand went into her skirt pocket, and took out a coin- one from an amusement parlour game."

Man, that reads like erotic fan fiction. No wonder the original novels are so popular.

@omonomono concurs:

i thought she used arcade tokens.

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