Japan 1 Sen (with Crow)  1938 to 1940
Japan 1 Sen (with Crow) 1938 to 1940

Very nice design on this coin. Many Japanese coins show a phoenix, the magical bird. But this one shows a plain old crow. Nothing magical about that!

Issued as World War II started to rage in Europe, these coins were struck in bronze dated 1938 ('Year 13'), and in a smaller aluminum version from 1938 to 1940 ('Year 13' to 'Year 15'.) Values are similar, as noted below:

worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $2
1 sen struck in aluminum dated 'Year 13' (1938) are less common in higher grades - they catalog at $10 when fully uncirculated

1 sen dated 'Year 14' (1939) come in two varieties. The left inner stroke in the character '?' can be either symmetrical to the right stroke (common coins) or tilted and asymmetrical (better coins). These *better coins* catalog at $1 when average circulated, but $20 when fully uncirculated.

Be sure to refer to our Important Terminology page to properly interpret catalog values.

Coin: 17776 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: bellablue, Sat, 13-Sep-2014 02:42:34 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sat, 13-Sep-2014 17:10:12 GMT
Updated by Chris - Appraisal OK, Mon, 14-Mar-2016 12:12:57 GMT
Requester description: The side with the most symbols has a bird with raised wings (looks like a goose) and a small 5 petal flower on each side of it. There is a symbol with a line under it on the reverse. That symbol is enclosed in an uneven circle with curly vines off it to the sides (3 each side). There are 3 branches with 3 vine hanging down at the top and a 16 petal flower at the bottom. There are Chinese (?) Symbols - 3 on top, 5 on bottom of side one. 1 symbol with a line under on the other side.
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Hello, I have two, both with the same writing on it and both with the same design. However one is aluminum and the other is copper and has both a greater diameter(it is just like the previous series) and weight-I guess that's to be expected anyway with it being copper. Was this an error, failed trial or simply a series strangled in the crib due to thrift?
Thanks, Jeronimo.
Hi Jeronimo - you're right that these coins were struck both in bronze and aluminum. The page has been updated to reflect this, and now also mentions a special variety of the 1939 aluminum issues. - CoinQuest (Chris)




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