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Coins catalogue of Japan - old coins (before 1948)

 

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Empire of Japan

Japanese Mon
anonymous coinage (before 1870)

japanese old coin 100 mon
100 mon (Tempo Tsu-Ho) ND (1835-1870)
bronze
TEN-HO / TSU-HO
TO HYAKU (100)

KM#7

Coin value - $10-15
japanese old coin 4 mon 1769-1860
4 mon ND (1769-1860)
brass
KWAN-EI / TSU-HO
11 waves

KM#6

Coin value - $2-4
japanese old coin 4 mon 1863-1867
4 mon ND (1863-1867)
brass
BUN KYU EI-HO
11 waves

C#6

Coin value - $2-4
coin Japan 1 mon 1639-56
1 mon ND (1636-1656)
copper
KA-NEI / TSU-HO

KM#1.1

Coin value - $2-4
coin Japan 1 mon 1666-1700
1 mon ND (1668-1700)
copper
KA-NEI / TSU-HO
BUN

KM#1.2

Coin value - $2-4

 

 

Reform 1870
Japanese Yen=100 sen; Sen=10 rin (1870-1947)

 

Emperor Mutsuhito
Meiji period - 明治 (1868-1912)

coin Japan 20 sen 1910
20 sen 1910 (1906-1911)
silver 0.800
Diameter 23.50 mm. Weight 4.05 g.

20 SEN / wreath of flowers, chrysanthemum flower on top
20 SEN / MEIJI 43 YEAR / GREAT JAPAN / sunburst within cherry blossom circle

KM#30

Coin value - $8-10

japanese old coin 10 sen 1896
10 sen 1896 (1873-1906)
silver 0.800
Diameter 17.60 mm. Weight 2.70 g.

10 SEN / wreath of flowers, chrysanthemum flower on top
10 SEN / MEIJI 29 YEAR / GREAT JAPAN / dragon within beaded circle

KM#23

Coin value - $10-12

coin Japan 10 sen 1911
10 sen 1911 (1907-1912)
silver 0.720
Diameter 17.60 mm. Weight 2.25 g.

10 SEN / wreath of flowers, chrysanthemum flower on top
10 SEN / MEIJI 44 YEAR / GREAT JAPAN / sunburst within cherry blossom circle

KM#29

Coin value - $6-8

japanese old coin 5 sen 1890
5 sen 1890 (1889-1897)
copper-nickel
Diameter 20.60 mm. Weight 4.70 g.

5 / MEIJI 23 YEAR / GREAT JAPAN
5 SEN / 5 SEN / chrysanthemum crest (Imperial Seal)

KM#19

Coin value - $5-6

japanese old coin 2 sen 1876
2 sen 1876 (1873-1877)
bronze
Diameter 31.80 mm. Weight 14.30 g.

2 SEN / wreath of flowers, chrysanthemum flower on top
2 SEN / MEIJI 9 YEAR / GREAT JAPAN / dragon with square scales within beaded circle

KM#18.1

Coin value - $4-5

japanese old coin 1 sen 1876
1 sen 18
76 (1873-1877)
copper
Diameter 27.90 mm. Weight 7.13 g.

1 SEN / wreath of flowers, chrysanthemum flower on top
1 SEN / MEIJI 9 YEAR / GREAT JAPAN / dragon with square scales within beaded circle

KM#17.1

Coin value - $3-4

japanese old coin 1 sen 1886
1 sen 1886 (1880-1892)
copper
Diameter 27.90 mm. Weight 7.13 g.

1 SEN / wreath of flowers, chrysanthemum flower on top
1 SEN / MEIJI 19 YEAR / GREAT JAPAN / dragon with V-scales within beaded circle

KM#17.2

Coin value - $3-4

japanese old coin 1 sen 1901
1 sen 1901 (1898-1902)
bronze
Diameter 27.90 mm. Weight 7.13 g.

1 SEN / rice wreath
1 SEN / MEIJI 34 YEAR / GREAT JAPAN / sunburst within beaded circle

KM#20

Coin value - $8-12

japanese old coin 1/2 sen 1886
1/2 sen 1886 (1877-1892)
copper
Diameter 22.20 mm. Weight 3.56 g.

1/2 SEN / wreath of flowers, chrysanthemum flower on top
1/2 SEN / MEIJI 19 YEAR / GREAT JAPAN / dragon with V-scales within beaded circle

KM#16.2

Coin value - $2-3

 

 

Emperor Yoshihito
Taishō period - 大正 (1912-1926)

japanese old coin 50 sen 1924
50 sen 1924 (1922-1926)
silver 0.720
Diameter 23.80 mm. Weight 4.95 g.

50 SEN / two phoenix, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / TAISHO 13 YEAR / sunburst within cherry blossom circle

KM#46

Coin value - $5-7

japanese old coin 10 sen 1917
10 sen 1917 (1913-1917)
silver 0.720
Diameter 17.60 mm. Weight 2.25 g.

10 SEN / wreath of flowers, chrysanthemum flower on top
10 SEN / TAISHO 6 YEAR / GREAT JAPAN / sunburst within cherry blossom circle

KM#36.2

Coin value - $6-8

japanese old coin 10 sen 1925
10 sen 1925 (1920-1926)
copper-nickel
Diameter 22.10 mm. Weight 3.75 g.

10 SEN / paulownia foliage, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / TAISHO 14 YEAR / sacred mirror around hole

KM#45

Coin value - ~$1


5 sen (1917-1920)
copper-nickel
Diameter 20.60 mm. Weight 4.28 g.

5 SEN / paulownia foliage, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / TAISHO ? YEAR / sacred mirror around hole

KM#43

Coin value - $30-40

japanese old coin 5 sen 1922
5 sen 1922 (1920-1923)
copper-nickel
Diameter 19.10 mm. Weight 2.63 g.

5 SEN / paulownia foliage, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / TAISHO 11 YEAR / sacred mirror around hole

KM#44

Coin value - ~$1

coin Japan 1 sen 1914
1 sen 1914 (1913-1915)
bronze
Diameter 27.80 mm. Weight 7.13 g.

1 SEN / rice wreath
1 SEN / TAISHO 3 YEAR / GREAT JAPAN / sunburst within beaded circle

KM#35

Coin value - $7-10

japanese old coin 1 sen 1919
1 sen 1919 (1916-1924)
bronze
Diameter 23.00 mm. Weight 3.75 g.

1 SEN / flowers wreath
GREAT JAPAN / TAISHO 8 YEAR / paulownia crest flanked by cherry blossom

KM#42

Coin value - ~$1

japanese old coin 5 rin 1916
5 rin 1916 (1916-1919)
bronze
Diameter 18.80 mm. Weight 2.10 g.

5 RIN / flowers wreath
GREAT JAPAN / TAISHO 5 YEAR / paulownia crest flanked by cherry blossom

KM#41

Coin value - $3-4

 

 

Emperor Hirohito
Shōwa period - 昭和 (1926-1989)

1926-1947

japanese old coin 50 sen 1929
50 sen
1929 (1928-1938)
silver 0.720
Diameter 23.80 mm. Weight 4.95 g.

50 SEN / two phoenix, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 4 YEAR / sunburst within cherry blossom circle

KM#50

Coin value - $5-7

japanese old coin 50 sen 1946
50 sen 1946 (1946-1947)
brass
Diameter 23.50 mm. Weight 4.50 g.

50 SEN / JAPANESE GOVERNMENT / SHOWA 21 YEAR / stalks of wheat and rice flanked by fish
50 SEN / phoenix, chrysanthemum flower on top

KM#67

Coin value - ~$1

japanese old coin 50 sen 1948
50 sen 1948 (1947-1948)
brass
Diameter 19.00 mm. Weight 2.80 g.

50 / STATE OF JAPAN / SHOWA 23 YEAR
50 SEN / cherry blossom wreath, chrysanthemum flower on top

KM#69

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 10 sen 1932
10 sen 1932 (1927-1932)
copper-nickel
Diameter 22.17 mm. Weight 3.75 g.

10 SEN / paulownia foliage, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 7 YEAR / sacred mirror around hole

KM#49

Coin value - $2-3

japanese old coin 10 sen 1934
10 sen 1934 (1933-1937)
nickel
Diameter 22.00 mm. Weight 4.02 g.

10 SEN / paulownia on bottom, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 9 YEAR / cherry blossom

KM#54

Coin value - $2-3

japanese old coin 10 sen 1938
10 sen 1938 (1938-1940)
aluminium-bronze
Diameter 22.00 mm. Weight 4.00 g.

10 SEN / sun rays and waves, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 13 YEAR / paulownia crest and cherry blossom

KM#58

Coin value - ~$1

japanese old coin 10 sen 1940
10 sen 1940 (1940-1941)
aluminium
Diameter 22.00 mm. Weight 1.50 g.

10 SEN / paulownia foliage, chrysanthemum flower
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 15 YEAR / cherry blossom

KM#61.1

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 10 sen 1942
10 sen 1942 (1941-1943)
aluminium
Diameter 22.00 mm. Weight 1.20 g.

10 SEN / paulownia foliage, chrysanthemum flower
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 17 YEAR / cherry blossom

KM#61.2

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 10 sen 1943
10 sen 1943
aluminium
Diameter 22.00 mm. Weight 1.00 g.

10 SEN / paulownia foliage, chrysanthemum flower
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 18 YEAR / cherry blossom

KM#61.3

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 10 sen 1944
10 sen 1944
tin-zinc
Diameter 19.00 mm. Weight 2.40 g.

10 SEN / paulownia on bottom, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 19 YEAR

KM#64

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 10 sen 1945
10 sen 1945 (1945-1946)
aluminium
Diameter 22.00 mm. Weight 1.00 g.

10 / JAPANESE GOVERNMENT / SHOWA 20 YEAR / cherry blossom
10 SEN / two rice stalks, chrysanthemum flower on top

KM#68

Coin value - <$1


5 sen 1932
copper-nickel
Diameter 19.10 mm. Weight 2.63 g.

5 SEN / paulownia foliage, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN /  SHOWA 7 YEAR / sacred mirror around hole

KM#48

Coin value - $15-20

coin Japan 5 sen 1934
5 sen 1934 (1933-1938)
nickel
Diameter 19.00 mm. Weight 2.80 g.

5 SEN / bird undo rays of sun, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 9 YEAR / cherry blossom

KM#53

Coin value - $3-4

japanese old coin 5 sen 1939
5 sen 1939 (1938-1940)
aluminium-bronze
Diameter 19.00 mm. Weight 2.80 g.

5 SEN / paulownia on bottom, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 13 YEAR / cherry blossom

KM#57

Coin value - ~$1

japanese old coin 5 sen 1941
5 sen 1941 (1940-1941)
aluminium
Diameter 19.00 mm. Weight 1.20 g.

5 SEN / chrysanthemum within clouds
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 16 YEAR / bird

KM#60

Coin value - <$1

 
japanese old coin 5 sen 1942
5 sen 1942 (1941-1942)
aluminium
Diameter 19.00 mm. Weight 1.00 g.

5 SEN / chrysanthemum within clouds
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 17 YEAR / bird

KM#60a

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 5 sen 1943
5 sen 1943
aluminium
Diameter 19.00 mm. Weight 0.80 g.

5 SEN / chrysanthemum within clouds
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 18 YEAR / bird

KM#60b

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 5 sen 1944
5 sen 1944
tin-zinc
Diameter 17.00 mm. Weight 1.95 g.

5 SEN / paulownia on bottom, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 19 YEAR

KM#63

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 5 sen 1946
5 sen 1946 (1945-1946)
tin-zinc
Diameter 17.00 mm. Weight 2.00 g.

5 / JAPANESE GOVERNMENT / SHOWA 21 YEAR / paulownia on both sides
5 SEN / bird, chrysanthemum flower on top

KM#65

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 1 sen 1937
1 sen 1937 (1927-1938)
bronze
Diameter 23.00 mm. Weight 3.75 g.

1 SEN / flowers wreath
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 12 YEAR / paulownia crest flanked by cherry blossom

KM#47

Coin value - ~$1

japanese old coin 1 sen 1938
1 sen 1938
bronze
Diameter 23.00 mm. Weight 3.75 g.

1 SEN / sacred mirror within wave-like wreath, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 13 YEAR / bird within clouds flanked by cherry blossom

KM#55

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 1 sen 1939
1 sen 1939 (1938-1940)
aluminium
Diameter 17.00 mm. Weight 0.90 g.

1 SEN / sacred mirror within wave-like wreath, chrysanthemum flower on top
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 14 YEAR / bird within clouds flanked by cherry blossom

KM#56

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 1 sen 1941
1 sen 1941 (1941-1943)
aluminium
Diameter 16.00 mm. Weight 0.65 g.

1 / GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 16 YEAR
 1 SEN / mount Fuji, chrysanthemum flower on top

KM#59

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 1 sen 1943
1 sen 1943
aluminium
Diameter 16.00 mm. Weight 0.55 g.

1 / GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 18 YEAR
 1 SEN / mount Fuji, chrysanthemum flower on top

KM#62a

Coin value - <$1

japanese old coin 1 sen 1944
1 sen 1944 (1944-1945)
tin-zinc
Diameter 15.00 mm. Weight 1.30 g.

1 SEN
GREAT JAPAN / SHOWA 19 YEAR

KM#62

Coin value - <$1

 

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