Japan 1912 (M45) 5 yen

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC sale, lot 6889
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This specimen was lot 6889 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "JAPAN. 5 Yen, Year 45 (1912). NGC MS-64. WINGS Approved. Final year for type. Choice example with only a few stray bag marks. Nice strike, lightly toned with full cartwheel luster throughout." This type was issued intermittently 1897-1912. It represents a 50% reduction in weight from the type of 1872-97. A few gold five yen were struck for the Taisho emperor in 1913, 1924 and 1930. The modern five yen, introduced in 1949, is brass.

Recorded mintage: 59,880.

Specification: 4.16 g, .900 fine gold, .120 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-52; Y-32; JNDA-01-8.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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