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Great Empire of Japan (1867-1945) (Great Land of the Rising Sun)

Emperor Mutsuhito (1867-1912) (reign motto - meiji )

japan.1sen.1877
Denomination: 1 Sep
Year indicated on the coin: 10 (1877)
The coin was made with years indicated: 6-10
Metal: copper
Diameter: 28.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: coin (180°)
Marks on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: depicted on the coin

 

japan.5sen.1900
Denomination: 5 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 33 (1900)
The coin was made with the years indicated: 30-39
Metal: copper-nickel alloy
Diameter: 20.6 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: coin (180°)
Marks on the coin: none
Mint: not marked
Additional information: Meiji motto translates as "enlightened government"

 

japan.50sen.1899
Denomination: 50 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 32 (1899)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 6-10, 13, 18, 30-38
Metal: silver (800th fineness)
Diameter: 31.0 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: coin (180°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the coin depicts a dragon holding a pearl of wisdom in its paw, which personifies greatness, wisdom and immortality, it is the dragon that gives birth to life-giving qi energy with its breath, giving life to all living things; a dragon with a pearl was considered a symbol of the emperor, his divine patron; it is considered one of the strongest symbols in feng shui

Emperor
Yoshihito (1912-1926) (reign motto - taishō)

 

japan.1sen.1919
Denomination: 1 Sep
Year indicated on the coin: 8 (1919)
The coin was made with the years indicated: 5-13
Metal: bronze
Diameter: 23.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the motto taisho is translated as “great justice”; the coin depicts a stylized image of the flowers and leaves of the adamoma tree (paulownia) - the emblems of the prime minister and government

 

japan.5sen.1923
Denomination: 5 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 12 (1923)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 9-12
Metal: copper-nickel alloy
Diameter: 19.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: “hito” in the name of the emperor is translated as
“worthy person”

 

japan.10sen.1926
Denomination: 10 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 15 (1926)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 9-12, 14, 15
Metal: copper-nickel alloy
Diameter: 22.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: there is a stylized image of a 16-petal flower on the coin

 

japan.50sen.1923
Denomination: 50 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 12 (1923)
The coin was made with the years indicated: 11-15
Metal: silver (720th fineness)
Diameter: 23.5 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: mythical phoenix birds are depicted on the coin; phoenix - a symbol of immortality, eternal renewal and rebirth

Emperor
Hirohito (1926-1945) (reign motto - showa)

 

japan.1sen.1936 Denomination: 1 Sep
Year indicated on the coin: 11 (1936)
The coin was made with the years indicated: 2, 4-13
Metal: bronze
Diameter: 23.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked

 

japan.10sen.1927
Denomination: 10 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 2 (1927)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 2-4, 6, 7
Metal: copper-nickel alloy
Diameter: 22.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: flowers and leaves are depicted on the coin

 

japan.10sen.1933 Denomination: 10 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 8 (1933)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 8-12
Metal: nickel
Diameter: 22.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint : not marked
paulownia tree leaves - emblems of the prime minister and government

 

japan.50sen.1934
Denomination: 50 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 9 (1934)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 3-13
Metal: silver (720th fineness)
Diameter: 23.5 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: mythical phoenix birds are depicted on the coin

 

japan.1sen.1938
Denomination: 1 Sep
Year indicated on the coin: 13 (1938)
The coin was made with the years indicated: 13
Metal: bronze
Diameter: 23.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the mythological character Yatagarasu is depicted on the coin - a giant raven (“crow with a head in eight measures”), sent from heaven by the sun goddess Amaterasu to translate the legendary emperor Jimmu through mountain passes on a campaign aimed at establishing a unified Japanese state; over the years, the image of Yatagarasu has intertwined with the image of the Chinese three-legged red crow Yang-wu, which is a symbol of the sun, so Yatagarasu is often depicted

 

japan.1sen.1939
Denomination: 1 Sep
Year indicated on the coin: 14 (1939)
The coin was made with the years indicated: 13-15
Metal: aluminum
Diameter: 17.5 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the mythological character Yatagarasu is depicted on the coin - a giant raven (“crow with a head in eight measures”)

 

japan.10sen.1939
Denomination: 10 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 14 (1939)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 13-15
Metal: aluminum bronze
Diameter: 22.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information:

 

japan.1sen.1942
Denomination: 1 Sep
Year indicated on the coin: 17 (1942)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 16-18
Metal: aluminum
Diameter: 16.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: Mount Fuji is depicted on the coin (more photo), which is located on the island of Honshu; mountain height - 3776 m (this is the highest mountain in Japan); above the volcano there is a stylized image of a chrysanthemum flower - the coat of arms (emblem) of the imperial house; coins were minted with different weights: 0.65 gr. - with the date 16-18 years; 0.55 gr. - with the date 18 years; This coin weighs 0.65 gr.
its thickness is 1.5 mm;

 

japan.5sen.1941
Denomination: 5 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 16 (1941)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 15, 16
Metal: aluminum
Diameter: 19.0 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the dove is depicted on the coin, which is considered the bird of the warrior god Bishamonten (other names for the god: Tamonten, Hachiman), one of the seven Japanese gods of happiness, patron of the military; The weight of this coin is 1.2 gr.
at a thickness of 2.0 mm.

 

japan.5sen.1942
Denomination: 5 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 17 (1942)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 16, 17
Metal: aluminum
Diameter: 19.0 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the weight of this coin is 1.0 gr.
with a thickness of 1.5 mm. (Coins with year 18, similar in design and diameter, were minted with a weight of 0.8 grams and a thickness of 1.0 mm.)

 

japan.10sen.1941
Denomination: 10 sen
Year indicated on the coin: 16 (1941)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 15-18
Metal: aluminum
Diameter: 22.0 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: on the right scan of the coin - an image of a sakura flower (Japanese cherry); coins were minted with different weights: 1.5 gr. - with the date of 15 and 16 years; 1.2 gr. - with the date 16-18 years; 1.0 gr. - with the date 18 years; this coin probably weighs 1.2 gr., its thickness is 1.5 mm.

 

japan.1sen.1944
Denomination: 1 Sep
Year indicated on the coin: 19 (1944)
The coin was made with the years indicated: 19, 20
Metal: tin and zinc alloy
Diameter: 15.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the coin has a stylized image of a chrysanthemum flower - the coat of arms (emblem) of the imperial house; it is also the unofficial coat of arms of Japan; the image of a chrysanthemum is sacred, and only members of the imperial house used the right to wear clothes with its pattern, everyone who violated this law was awaiting the death sentence

 

Emperor Hirohito (1947-1989) (reign motto - shōwa)

 

japan.1yen.1950
Denomination: 1 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 25 (1950)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 23-25 ​​
Metal: brass
Diameter: 20.0 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information:

 

japan.5yen.1949
Denomination: 5 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 24 (1949)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 23, 24
Metal: brass
Diameter: 22.0 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the building of the National Diet of Japan is depicted on the left scan of the coin (more photo); the Parliament of Japan - a bicameral legislature consists of the lower house - the House of Representatives and the upper house - the House of Councilors; the parliament building is located in the center of the capital of Japan, Tokyo, in the Nagatate area (Chiyoda special area); the construction of this building began in 1920 and was completed in 1936; a dove is depicted on the right scan, probably as a symbol of longevity

 

japan.1yen.1984
Denomination: 1 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 59 (1984)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 30-42, 44-64
Metal: aluminum
Diameter: 20.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the green shoots of a tree sapling are depicted on the coin as a symbol of the economic growth of Japan

 

japan.5yen.1958
Denomination: 5 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 33 (1958)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 24-28, 32, 33
Metal: brass
Diameter: 22.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the legend is written in old-style hieroglyphs; shoots of leaves on the right scan of the coin symbolize Japan, which is reborn as a democratic state after the war

 

japan.5yen.1973
Denomination: 5 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 48 (1973)
The coin was made with years indicated: 34-64
Metal: brass
Diameter: 22.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the legend is written in hieroglyphs of the new style; rice symbolizes agriculture, cogwheel (gear) symbolizes heavy industry, water (horizontal stripes) symbolizes fishing

 

Japan.10yen.1954
Denomination: 10 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 29 (1954)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 26-30, 32, 33
Metal: bronze
Diameter: 23.5 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: none
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the pavilion (hall) of Amida is depicted on the coin, also known as the pavilion of the Phoenix (Hoodo) because of the images of this bird on the roof; the pavilion is located in Byodo-in Monastery in Uji (near Kyoto on the island of Honshu); the pavilion was built in 1053 and dedicated to the Buddha Amida (Sanskrit name - Amitabha) - the main object of worship of one of the branches of northern Buddhism (amidaism); (more photos)

 

Japan.10yen.1984
Denomination: 10 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 59 (1984)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 34-64
Metal: bronze
Diameter: 23.5 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint : not marked
Uji city (near Kyoto); the meaning of such a pavilion was to reproduce the prototype of Amida's paradise on Earth (more photo)

 

Japan.50yen.1956
Denomination: 50 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 31 (1956)
The coin was made with years indicated: 30-33
Metal: nickel
Diameter: 25.0 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the coin depicts a chrysanthemum, which in Japan is a symbol of the sun and a symbol of the nation; chrysanthemum in Japanese is called "kiku" - "sun"; from the sun, as an ancient legend tells, the Japanese people, yamato, "people of the sun" also originated

 

Japan.50yen.1962
Denomination: 50 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 37 (1962)
The coin was made with years indicated: 34-41
Metal: nickel
Diameter: 25.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: a chrysanthemum flower is depicted on the coin; According to one version, China is considered the birthplace of chrysanthemum; initially, chrysanthemums were only yellow, later plants appeared with different colors and shapes of flowers and inflorescences; in the 4th century, chrysanthemums came to Japan, which became their second home; in a book dating back to 1496, more than 100 varieties of these plants have already been described; according to another version, Japan is the birthplace of chrysanthemums

 

Japan.50yen.1969
Denomination: 50 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 44 (1969)
The coin was made with years indicated: 42-63
Metal: copper-nickel alloy
Diameter: 21.0 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: chrysanthemums are depicted on the coin; the word chrysantumum consists of two Greek words chrysos - gold and anthemous - flower, i.e.
"golden flower"; since 1211, on the 9th day of the 9th month according to the lunar calendar, a national holiday of chrysanthemums has been celebrated in Japan, at this time they put ikebana from chrysanthemums in houses, make garlands, have fun, read poems in which they glorify this flower, and the most beautiful girls are Japanese they call oki-ku-san, equating them both to the tenderness of a chrysanthemum and to the radiance of the sun

 

Japan.100yen.1965
Denomination: 100 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 40 (1965)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 34-36, 38-41
Metal: silver (600th fineness)
Diameter: 22.6 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: ears of rice are depicted on the coin; the soil of Japan is unsuitable for growing anything other than rice and some other cereals, therefore, since ancient times, the main food of the Japanese has been seafood and rice; rice growing is the main branch of the country's agriculture; now in Japan there is a high tax on the import of rice, because rice in Japan is not just a food product, but the reason for the existence of the Japanese village, and Japan does not need someone else's cheap rice

 

Japan.100yen.1977
Denomination: 100 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 52 (1977)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 42-63
Metal: copper-nickel alloy
Diameter: 22.6 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: sakura (Japanese cherry) flowers are depicted on the coin; sakura has long been revered by the Japanese plant, which is one of the famous symbols of Japan

Emperor Akihito (1989-present) (ruling motto - heisei)

 

Japan.1yen.1994
Denomination: 1 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 6 (1994)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 2-20
Metal: aluminum
Diameter: 20.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the green shoots of a tree sapling are depicted on the coin, which are a symbol of the economic growth of Japan

 

Japan.5yen.1990 Denomination: 5 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 2 (1990)
The coin was made with years indicated: 2-20
Metal: brass
Diameter: 22.0 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked

 

Japan.10yen.1991
Denomination: 10 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 3 (1991)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 2-20
Metal: bronze
Diameter: 23.5 mm.
Edge type: smooth
Mutual position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: none
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the coin depicts the pavilion (hall) of Amida or the Phoenix Pavilion (Hoodo), located in Byodo-in Monastery in Uji (near Kyoto)

 

Japan.100yen.1999
Denomination: 100 yen
Year indicated on the coin: 11 (1999)
The coin was made with the indication of years: 2-20
Metal: copper-nickel alloy
Diameter: 22.6 mm.
Edge type: ribbed Relative position of obverse and reverse: medal (0°)
Signs on the coin: no
Mint: not marked
Additional information: the flowers of sakura (Japanese cherry) are depicted on the coin

 

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