(Apr 20, 2017)
|Catalog Number||Y# 42|
|sdc.string.Obverse Description||Paulownia crest flanked by cherry blossoms|
|sdc.string.Reverse Description||Value within circle of flowered wreath|
|Sub Geo||Not Available|
| 3.75 grams|
The first Japanese one yen coin was minted in 1870
Its obverse featured a dragon with a circular inscription around
The reverse had a radiant sun surrounded by a wreath, with chrysanthemum emblem (a symbol of theJapanese Imperial Family) flanked by floral patterns above
One yen silver coins minted after Japan adopted the gold standard (gold based currency) in 1897 were not issued for domestic use, but for use in Japanese Taiwan and foreign trade
It had a mass of 26.9568 grams and a diameter of 38.5 millimeters, having been the heaviest 1 yen coin ever issued
On its obverse was a sun withbranches, and on its reverse a Japanese dragon is displayed along with the year written in Japanese (年 三 治 明), the value (圓 一), and the words "本 日 大"
This coin had a mass of 26.96 grams and a diameter of 38.6 millimeters, being nearly equal in size to the first 1 yen coin
On the obverse was the familiar Japanese dragon from the first 1 yen coin, along with the year, the value, the silver content, and the recurring text, "大日本"
The reverse displayed the value written in Japanese surrounded by a wreath and the Imperial Seal of Japan
These coins were minted up until 1912 and then again in 1914
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