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China Japanese Occupation Fen, 5 Fen, Chiao  1941 to 1943
China Japanese Occupation Fen, 5 Fen, Chiao 1941 to 1943

Japan had military designs on China for decades, and in 1931 attacked and occupied lands north of the Great Wall. Later, in 1937, Japanese control expanded south of the Great Wall. World War II ended Japanese control in China.

This coin comes from a time toward the end of Japanese control, with Japanese dates 30 (1941), 31 (1942) and 32 (1943). Use the graphic below to figure the 30, 31, or 32 dates. The coin in our picture is year 31, expanded as 3 x 10 + 1 = 31.

Most of these coins carry low value, although recent interest in Chinese coins is pushing the values up. In general, coins with year 32 (1943) are more rare than the other dates, and if you have a year 32 coin you can double (approximately) the values below.

The denominations are all minted in aluminum and have the same pattern, but the sizes are different.

FEN: 15 mm diameter
5 FEN: 19 mm
CHIAO: 23 mm


The values do not change much with denomination. All denominations carry catalog values as follows:

worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $6
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $50
double these values for year 32

As always on CoinQuest, these catalog values must be adjusted to compute buy and sell values. See our Important Terminology page.

Coin: 13935 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Herbert, Mon, 18-Mar-2013 00:49:24 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 03-May-2013 03:08:09 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Fri, 06-Mar-2015 14:46:49 GMT
Requester description: It is a coin made out of aluminum. On the front, it has a large circle with three smaller circles connected like a Venn diagram inside it, and in the center of those connecting circles is the character for china,?. The top of the front is too stained for me to look at, but the bottom has some Chinese I cannot read, but it starts out with ?. It then gives the date as 31 in Chinese symbols. The back has a pagoda on it, with stairs leading to it, and it has the characters for 1 jiao as well.
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