1841 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO MS64
NEAR GEM. ONLY 1 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
In 1841, Captain William Whitfield and his whaling ship came upon the island of Torishima almost 400 miles south of mainland Japan. On the island Whitfield found five Japanese castaways, including a boy named Manjiro, and brought them all back to his original port of Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Some fifteen years later, Manjiro would act as the Japanese translator to Commodore Matthew Perry, helping to open the ports of his home country to trade with the United States. This 1841 half dollar recalls the salvation of an unknown boy, enabling him to go on to play a crucial role in a world-changing negotiation.