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Collecting Japanese Coins

 
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 Posted 02/16/2021  11:08 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add zorosenpai to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey everyone,

I'm planning on collecting Japanese coins by type, starting from the Meiji Restoration. For example, I will be collecting a 1 yen coin from all eras such as the Meiji, Taisho, Showa, Heisei and the most recent, Reiwa. I understand that the 1 yen coin during the last 3 eras has the same design, but I do want to collect them, not by year but by type.

I would appreciate any information about this collecting area :)
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 Posted 02/16/2021  12:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 02/16/2021  9:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numister to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Japanese coins are relatively cheap compared to China and Korea coins, now seems like a good time.
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 Posted 02/16/2021  10:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add winterfell to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I bet that will be interesting to collect. Japanese coins are nice.
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 Posted 02/16/2021  11:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numister to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They are also better made with consistent control on specifications like weight and purity. At least that's what I was told.
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 Posted 02/16/2021  11:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For starter, here's the link to my Dansco Japan album, which shows all the 1 Yen coins from Meiji.

http://goccf.com/t/392213

Good Luck!
Most later periods should be cheap to locate, but the early one's in silver content will cost a pretty Yen.

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 Posted 02/17/2021  10:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gxseries to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've completed a Japan Dansco type set a while ago and this was quite expensive back then.

The most expensive would be the Trade dollar which is easily a four figure coin if you want a problem free one. The silver yen will come as no surprise as the next expensive. 1870 5 Sen can be surprisingly dear.

The rest of the coins should be quite doable.

Best of luck!
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 Posted 02/17/2021  8:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@gxseries,

That's a nice Japan set you got there, my album is the older type, missing a few holes.
I can't find the newer edition anywhere.

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 Posted 02/18/2021  08:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gxseries to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
macmercury - my dansco is the same as yours. The newer version only has extra slot for the 1970 Expo commemorative coin. I have not come across a version any newer than this other than a Japanese manufactured version.

I cannot post the link directly here but if you look it up on google, I have made an updated digital version. That is now bit old as I have to include the Reiwa coinage as well as the Tokyo Olympic coins.
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 Posted 03/03/2021  12:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dnas to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are a number of normal varieties of Silver 1 Yen coins(Meiji Yr3/1870 - Taisho Yr3/1914) you would need to collect, if you want to collect one example of each major type.
- Meiji Yr3/1870. Old design is different to any others, with no English lettering, dragon on one side, rising sun on the other.
- Meiji Yr3/1874 - Yr19/1886. (Large type, 38.6mm). Newer design with some English lettering, dragon on one side, 1 yen in Japanese on the other.
- Meiji Yr20/1887 - Yr45/1912. (Small type, 38.1mm). Newer design with some English lettering, dragon on one side, 1 yen in Japanese on the other.
- Taisho Yr3/1914. Newer design with some English lettering, dragon on one side, 1 yen in Japanese on the other.

In addition, there are two main subtypes:
- Flame between spine 3 & 4. (1874-1886, 1892-1912)
- Flame between spine 4 & 5. (1887-1892, 1914)
1892 has both types: flame between spine 3 & 4, and flame between spine 4 & 5.

To get these different types, you need to collect 5x One Yen coins:
e.g. Possible combination:
- Meiji Yr3/1870
- Meiji Yr19/1886
- Meiji Yr23/1890
- Meiji Yr28/1895
- Taisho Yr3/1914

Plus the Trade#Dollar. Meiji Yr9/1876 is the most common.

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 Posted 03/07/2021  11:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oabmarcus to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
too bad, I like their casting coins, and even some nagasaki trading coins more.
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