5 Sen - Meiji


Issuer Japan
Emperor Meiji (1867-1912)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 3-4 (1870-1871)
Calendar Japanese - Meiji era
Value 5 Sen (0.05 JPY)
Currency Yen (1871-date)
Composition Silver (.800)
Weight 1.25 g
Diameter 16.15 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 15206
Numista (https://numista.com)
References Y# 1,
Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg; 2007. A Catalog of Modern World Coins : 1850-1964 (14th edition). Whitman Publishing Company, Atlanta, USA.
And 1 more volumes.
JNDA# 01-33
Japan Numismatic Dealers Association (editor); 2020. 日本貨幣カタログ = The Catalog of Japanese Currency. Self-published, Tokyo, Japan.


Dragon within beaded circle, legends above, written value below

年四治明 · 本日大
· 錢 五 ·

Great Japan · Year 4 of Meiji
· 5 sen ·


Sunburst crest within beaded circle and wreath, chrysanthemum between two paulownia flowers above




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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
3 (1870)  6% 年三治明 ; deep scales
3 (1870)  1 501 473 72% 年三治明 ; shallow scales
4 (1871)  22 44% 年四治明

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