Japan 10 Yen  1951 to 1989
Japan 10 Yen 1951 to 1989

Kevin sent us a picture of a Japanese 10 yen coin. These were minted in bronze from 1951 to 1989. These coins weigh 4.5 grams and are 23.5mm in diameter. A few of these coins have higher catalog values than the rest; a look at recent auctions shows that these values are not indicative of prices realized in the current market, which are much lower. The ones with higher catalog values are listed below. The rest are worth face value: 10 yen in Japan, about 9 US cents. If you have one of the dates not listed below in fully uncirculated condition, a collector will probably pay a few US dollars to add it to his or her collection.

There is a good date converter at Better dates (catalog values are for fully uncirculated coins only):

1951: $150 (U.S. dollars)
1952: $40
1953: $40
1954: $50
1955: $50
1957: $100
1958: $110
1959: $60
1960: $45
1961: $40

As mentioned above, please keep in mind that these values are catalog values and are often different from actual buy and sell values. For more information on catalog values, please check out our Terminology page.

Coin: 1470 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: , Sun, 04-Oct-2009 23:23:42 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 04-May-2013 01:48:49 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 17-Jun-2016 23:13:07 GMT
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I have one of these coins what are they worth? I havent done anything with it yet at all wanted to see how much it is. - Ashley
They are worth face value: 10 yen in Japan, about 9 US cents. If you have one in fully uncirculated condition, a collector will probably pay a few US dollars to add it to his or her collection. - CoinQuest (Paul)

What does uncirculated condition means I have the same coin, and a few US dollars meaning it's for my daughter - Carleata
Carleata -- Uncirculated condition means the coin has never once been touched by human hands after it left the mint. Uncirculated coins go from the mint directly into coin collections. As such, you can only get uncirculated coins by buying them from coin collectors. Any coin you find loose in circulation is not uncirculated, although some can be 'almost uncirculated' which is an official numismatic (coin collecting) grade designation. We have some representative pictures of circulated and uncirculated coins on our Important Terminology page (button above), but our treatment of grading is very superficial. There are plenty of web sites that go into the technicalities of coin grading, but those sites are for experienced collectors, not normal people. -- It is laudable to give nice-looking coins to your children. It may spark a hobby that lasts a lifetime. With me, I started when I was 10, and now I'm 67. Coin collecting sticks with you. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I own one of these, and the converted date appears to be 1953. Does this year exist, or is there a mistake in the website that i used? What is it worth?

P.S. the website that i used to convert the date was - Owen
Hey Owen -- it does exist, and we've updated the article to include those mintage dates. Thanks for pointing it out to us! - CoinQuest (Todd)

As I said, I have 1953, what I did not say was that it is 'Average Circulated.' Do any of the 'special dates' add value to coins that are circulated? And for any other coins? - Owen
The only significant catalog values for these coins are in fully uncirculated condition - otherwise they are worth face value. - CoinQuest (Todd)




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