IMAGES OF JAPANESE COINS

We are building a comprehensive listing of all (hopefully) Japanese coin types which have been in circulation since coinage was first used in the islands.

We have created four sections:-

1. Imported Coinage
2. Provincial Coinage
3. Pre-Meiji coinage made in Japan
4. Modern Japanese coinage

This page shows the different types of coins issued by Japan since the Meiji restoration The table shows the Reign Periods from 1700-2013

As some may have difficulty with easily deciphering abbreviations such as AlBr, CMMS, CuNi, and so on, here is a quick reference to make this information readily available: Abbreviations
 

This is not a list of coins for sale, it is for identification purposes only


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Reign Periods
Genroku
1688-1711
Shoutoku
1711-1716
Kyouhou
1716-1736
Genbun
1736-1741
Kanpou
1741-1744
Enkyou
1744-1748
Kanen
1748-1751
Houryaku
1751-1764
Meiwa
1764-1772
Anei
1772-1781
Tenmei
1781-1789
Kansei
1789-1801
Kyouwa
1801-1804
Bunka
1804-1818
Bunsei
1818-1830
Tempo
1830-1844
Kouka
1844-1848
Kaei
1848-1854
Ansei
1854-1860
Manen
1860-1861
Bunkyu
1861-1864
Genji
1864-1865
Keiou
1865-1868
Meiji
1868-1912
Taisho
1912-1926
Showa
1926-1989
Heisei
1989 on


IssuedValueMetalComments
Meiji 6-251 RinCuMeiji 6 (1873)
Taisho 5-85 RinBrTaisho 7 (1918)
Meiji 6-10½ SenCuMeiji 9 - Dragon's body has square scales
Meiji 10-25½ SenCuMeiji 18 - Dragon's body has 'V' scales
Meiji 6-101 SenCuMeiji 7 (1874) Dragon's body has square scales
Meiji 13-251 SenCuMeiji 13 (1880) Dragon's body has 'V' scales
Meiji 31-351 SenBrMeiji 34 (1901)
Taisho 2-41 SenBrTaisho 4 (1915)
Taisho 5-131 SenBrTaisho 7 (1918)
Showa 2-131 SenBrShowa 13 (1938) Value in circle
Showa 131 SenBr(1938) value in octagon
Showa 13-151 SenAlShowa 15 (1940) (Smaller/Aluminium/Value in octagon)
Showa 16-181 SenAlShowa 18 (1943)
Showa 19-201 SenZnShowa 19 (1944)
not dated1 SenClay(1945)Red/Brown Baked clay
Meiji 6-102 SenBrMeiji 8 - with square scales
Meiji10-172 SenBrMeiji 14 1881 - with 'V' scales
Meiji 3-45 SenArMeiji 4 (1871)-Sunburst & dragon (needs better copy)
Meiji 45 SenArMeiji 4 (1871) - sunburst - 66 rays
Meiji 45 SenArMeiji 4 (1871)- sunburst-53 rays (Needs better copy)
Meiji 6-135 SenArMeiji 10 (1877)
Meiji 22-305 SenCuNiMeiji 22 (1889)
Meiji 30-395 SenCuNiMeiji 31 (1898)
T6-125 SenCuNi- Taisho 9
S75 SenCuNi -
S8-135 SenNiShowa 9 -
S13-155 SenAlBrShowa 14
S15-165 SenAl - 1.2 gms
S16-175 SenAlShowa 17 (1942) - 1.0 gms
S185 SenAl - 0.8 gms
S195 SenSn/Zn - (1944)
S20-215 SenSnShowa 20 (1945)
Showa 205 SenClay - Red/Brown baked clay
Meiji 310 SenAr(1870) needs better copy
Meiji 6-810 SenArMeiji 7 (1874) - Characters connected
Meiji 6 & 8-3910 SenArMeiji 32 (1899) - Characters not connected
Meiji 40-4510 SenArMeiji 41 (1908)
Taisho-Gan10 SenArTaisho gan (1912)
Taisho 2-610 SenAr
Taisho 9-1510 SenCuNiTaisho 12 (1923)
Showa 2-710 SenCuNi
Showa 8-1210 SenCuNiShowa 11
Showa 13-1510 SenAlBrShowa 14
Showa 15-1610 SenAl1.5 gm
Showa 16-1810 SenAlShowa 17 (1942) 1.2 gm
Showa 1810 SenAl1.0 gm
Showa 1910 SenSnZn
Showa 2010 SenClay
Showa 20-2110 SenAlShowa 20 (1945)
Meiji 3-420 SenArMeiji 3(1870)
Meiji 6-3820 SenArMeiji 28 (1895)
Meiji 39-4420 SenArMeiji 40 (1907)
Meiji 3-450 SenArMeiji 3 (1870) - 33mm dia
Meiji 450 SenArMeiji 4 (1871) - 30.5mm dia - Krause 4a.1
Meiji 450 SenArMeiji 4 (1871) - 21mm dia - Krause 4a.2
Meiji 6-3850 SenAr Meiji 18 (1885)
Meiji 39-4550 SenArMeiji 40 (1906)
Taisho-gan50 SenAr(1912)
Taisho 2-650 SenArTaisho 4 (1915)
Taisho 11-1550 SenArTaisho 13 (1924) Needs better copy)
Showa 3-1350 SenArShowa 10 (1935)
Showa 21-2250 SenAe23 mm dia
Showa 22-2350 SenAe18 mm dia
Meiji 11 YenArMeiji 1(1868) - Issued before the coinage reform - take a look
Meiji 31 YenArMeiji 3 (1870)
Meiji 41 YenAuMeiji 4 (Gold) 'High dot' variety
Meiji 7-251 YenAu
Meiji 7-201 YenArMeiji 14 (1881) Standard size 38.6mm - with 'gin' mark
Meiji 19-451 Yen
Meiji 37 (1904) Reduced size 38.1mm
Meiji 7-301 YenArMeiji 29 (1896) Osaka 'Gin' Mark - clockwise spiral on pearl
Meiji 7-301 YenArMeiji 14 (1881) Tokyo 'Gin' Mark - clockwise spiral on pearl
Taisho 31 Yen
(1914)
Showa 23-251 Yen
Showa 24 (1949)
Showa 30-641 Yen
Showa 39 (1964)
n.d.2 Yen
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Meiji 45 YenAu(1870)
Showa 23-235 Yen
no hole
Showa 24-335 YenAeShowa 27 (1952) with hole - Old Script
Showa 34-645 YenAe with hole - New Script
Meiji 410 YenAu(1871)
Meiji 9-2510 YenAuMeiji 25 was minted for exhibition purpose only
Meiji 30-4310 YenAuMeiji 42 (1909)
Showa 25-2610 YenAr
Showa 26-3310 YenAeShowa 27 (1952) - Reeded Edge
Showa 34-4510 YenBrShowa 41 (1966) Plain Edge
Meiji 3-2520 YenAu -
Meiji 30-4520 YenAu -
Taisho gan-920 YenAu -
Showa 5-720 YenAu -
Showa 30-3350 YenNiShowa 30 (1955)
Showa 34-4150 YenNiShowa 34 (1959)
Showa 42-6350 YenCuNiShowa 42 (1967)
Heisei gan50 YenCuNi1989
Heisei 2 -50 YenCuNi
Showa 32-33100 YenArShowa 33
Showa 34-41100 YenArShowa 35 (1960)
Showa 39100 YenAr(1964)Olympic Games
Showa 42-63100 YenCuNiShowa 45 (1970)
Showa 45100 YenCuNiOsaka Expo 1970
Showa 57500 Yen
(1989)Note! date character is 'gan' (1st) not 1
Heisei 2500 Yen
(1990)Enthronement of Emperor Akihito
Heisei 4500 Yen
(1992)Reversion of Okinawa
Heisei 5500 Yen
(1993)Wedding of the Crown Prince
Showa 391000 Yen
(1964)Olympic Games
Heisei 25000 Yen
(1990)Osaka Expo
n.d.10000 Yen
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n.d.50000 Yen
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Showa 61-2100000 Yen
- Image courtesy of Mr Roy C. Zukerman
Heisei 2100000 Yen
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Meiji 7Trade DollarAr(1874) - Image courtesy of Mr Wade C. Wilson
Meiji 8-10Trade DollarAr(1875)
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