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Japan 5, 10, 20, and 50 Sen, and 1 Yen  1870
Japan 5, 10, 20, and 50 Sen, and 1 Yen 1870

1870, the third year of the Meiji Dynasty, saw the introduction of imperial Japanese coinage. (We have a short write-up about dating Japanese coins at this CoinQuest link.) There are 10 rin in a sen, and 100 sen in a yen. This page applies to the 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen coins of 1870, as well as the 1 yen coins which look the same. These are valuable coins and highly sought by collectors, especially in high grades, i.e., with little wear. As always, with any valuable coin, you must be aware that counterfeits are possible and you must take steps to protect yourself. (See our sample listings of counterfeits here.)

The listings below show approximate catalog values for these coins. Catalog values are inflated values. Actual buy and sell values will be less, as explained on our Important Terminology page (link at upper left).

5 SEN, 15 mm diameter, 0.032 troy ounces silver
worn: $150
average circualted: $250
well preserved: $350
fully uncirculated: $950

10 SEN, 18 mm diameter, 0.064 troy ounces silver
worn: $15
average circualted: $25
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $170

20 SEN, 25 mm diameter, 0.128 troy ounces silver
worn: $15
average circualted: $25
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $150

50 SEN, 32 mm diameter, 0.322 troy ounces silver
worn: $30
average circualted: $60
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $200

1 YEN, 38 mm diameter, 0.780 troy ounces silver
worn: $300
average circualted: $400
well preserved: $700
fully uncirculated: $900

Coin: 6842 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Jackson, Thu, 17-Feb-2011 14:16:26 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 27-May-2014 12:44:00 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 27-May-2014 12:44:00 GMT
Requester description: Dragon in center ring with symbols on edge other side has sunburst centered in ring with garland imperial symbol
Tags: japan 5 10 20 50 sen 1 yen dragon dragons leaf leafs leaves leave leaved leafed leafy leavs wreath flower offcenter off center centers centered circle circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet ring circles circlr circal encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed symbol symbles symbal simbol symbels symobols symbols simble sunburst greenery wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths imperial imperialis imperio chrysanthemum blossom fler fleurs leis lisse flur folwers stems floral lily posy bouquet flowers flour fllower bud fleur bloomed floret floer stem flowery lilys fluer fleures pedals

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