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Japan 50 Yen  1955 to 1958
Japan 50 Yen 1955 to 1958

This may be your coin, Bill. It features the large flower in the center with three logograms above and below it on one side, and a large 50 with more logograms above and below on the other side.

It was, however, not struck in aluminum, but in nickel. (If this is not your coin, Bill, you are welcome to submit a new appraisal request, and we'll try again!) It was produced in the 30th through to the 33rd year of the Showa period, which corresponds to 1955-1958 of our calendar. See below for dates:

三十 = year 30, 1955

三十一 = year 31, 1956

三十?' = year 32, 1957

三十三 = year 33, 1958

The cool pattern of Japanese numerals starts to emerge!

The catalog values are low today, as listed below. Fully uncirculated coins do start to pick up a little value, but the typical specimen will not be worth much.

worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $15
coins dated year 33 catalog at $25 when fully uncirculated

Cleaned, holed, corroded or otherwise damaged coins will be worth nothing. Check out our Important Terminology page on the top left in order to properly interpret the catalog values listed on this page.

Coin: 16281 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Bill, Tue, 07-Jan-2014 12:27:21 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 08-Jan-2014 15:22:26 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 02-Jan-2016 00:00:10 GMT
Requester description: One side has what I think is a flower that covers all of the center and script around the edge of that same side. 3 figures above and 3 figures below the flower. The other side has a large 50 that covers most of it. Figures above and below the 50. The coin feels like alum. No hole in coin.
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