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Japan 5, 10, and 20 Yen  1897 to 1932
Japan 5, 10, and 20 Yen 1897 to 1932

These are gorgeous old gold coins from Japan. They come in 5, 10, and 20 yen denominations all carrying the same pattern. The first step of evaluation is to determine the denomination and gold content:

5 YEN: 17 mm diameter, 0.121 troy ounces gold
10 YEN: 20 mm diameter, 0.241 ounces gold
20 YEN: 28 mm diameter, 0.482 ounces gold

The next step is to determine the dynasty. These were minted during Meiji, Taisho, and Showa dynasties beginning in years 1867, 1911, and 1925, respectively. You can determine the dynasty by looking for the Japanese symbols shown here. For a thorough explanation of Japanese dating, click to AllCalendars.net. The coin in our picture is from the Showa dynasty.

Next, determine the value due to gold content alone. Look up the current value of gold (it changes every day) at web sites such as kitco.com, then multiply by the ounces of gold in your coin. If you have, say, a 10 yen coin and gold is selling at $1700 US dollars per ounce, the base value due to gold content is 0.241 x $1700 = $410.

Finally, these coins accrue value from coin collector demand. This is value over and above the base gold value. Here are some approximate values to add for collector demand. These are very general guidelines and, if you have a nice-looking example of one of these coins, seek out a knowledgeable collector or dealer who can do a first-hand, in-person appraisal. If your coin is valuable, there are several steps you should take to preserve the value of your coin.

NEVER CLEAN A COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

5 YEN MEIJI:
worn: add $200 to base gold value
average circulated: add $300
well preserved: add $500
fully uncirculated: add $1000

5 YEN TAISHO:
worn: add $200 to base gold value
average circulated: add $300
well preserved: add $500
fully uncirculated: add $1000

5 YEN SHOWA:
worn: add $20000 to base gold value
average circulated: add $30000
well preserved: add $40000
fully uncirculated: add $60000

10 YEN MEIJI:
worn: add $50 to base gold value
average circulated: add $80
well preserved: add $100
fully uncirculated: add $200

20 YEN MEIJI:
worn: add $100 to base gold value
average circulated: add $300
well preserved: add $500
fully uncirculated: add $1200

20 YEN TAISHO:
worn: add $100 to base gold value
average circulated: add $300
well preserved: add $500
fully uncirculated: add $1200

20 YEN SHOWA:
worn: add $15000 to base gold value
average circulated: add $25000
well preserved: add $35000
fully uncirculated: add $40000

The coin in our picture comes from Heritage Auctions and is dated Showa 7, or 1932. It is an extremely rare coin. CoinQuest thanks Heritage for use of their coin photo.

Coin: 12976 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Reine, Fri, 26-Oct-2012 03:48:03 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 04-May-2013 01:46:37 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Be sure to use current value of gold., Tue, 14-Oct-2014 00:00:23 GMT
Requester description: 1918 One side has a ribbon bow on the bottom with sheaves of flowers and leaves curving up the right and left side. There is a small multi-petal flower at the top. The center has Japanese symbols. The other side has a large eight petal flower in the center with Japanese symbols all around the outer edge.
Tags: japan 5 10 20 yen japanese japanise japenes japenese japanize japanesse japanes one ribbon bow sheaves sheaf flowers flower leaves leaf curving curve up petal center offcenter symbols symbol large eight ones florets blossom fler fleurs lises leis lisse flur folwers stems trefoils floral lily orchid posy bouquet fllower flour bud lilly fleur bloomed trefoil floret floer stem flowery lilys fluer fleures pedals leafs leave leaved leafed leafy leavs bowed curved curves off centers centered syombol symbles symbal simbol symbels symobols simble larger largish sunburst sun chrysanthemum branches branch sunrise sunshine sunset sunlight twigs sprig braches limb twig sprays sprigs branching branched stalk

  

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