Japan 1907 (M40) 10 yen

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Sincona sale 54, lot 786
This specimen was lot 786 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 700 CHF (about US$833 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Mutsuhito, 1867-1912. 10 Yen Jahr 40 Meji (1907), Osaka. Vorzüglich. (empire of Japan, Mutsuhito, 1867-1912, ten year of the year 40, Osaka mint. Extremely fine.)"
This type was struck during the Meiji era in considerable numbers but remains scarce today with some dates rare. The type was terminated in 1910. It seems likely that most of the issue remained in government hands as backing for currency until the inflation of World War One ended any likelihood of circulating the coin.

Recorded mintage: 157,000.

Specification: 8.33 g, .900 fine gold, .241 troy oz AGW, milled edge, this specimen 8.38 g.

Catalog reference: KM Y33. Fr-51.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • The Catalog of Japanese Coins and Banknotes, Tokyo: JNDA (Japanese Numismatic Dealers Assn.), 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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