Japan 1903 (M36) 1 yen

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This yen was struck in Japan during the reign of the Meiji emperor, Mutsuhito (1867-1912). The type was struck 1886-1912; this date (year 36) is among the more common. Prior to the opening of Japan in the 1850's and 1860's, Japanese coins were a mix of Chinese-style cast copper cash, silver rectangular "bu" and rare, gold "oban." Many of the early dates of Meiji yen were countermarked as "gin" (KM 28) in 1897 to circulate as trade dollars in Taiwan, annexed to Japan in 1895.

Recorded mintage: 5,131,000.

Specification: 26.96 g, .900 silver, .780 troy oz ASW, 38.1 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM Y#A25.3.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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