Japan 1920 (T9) 20 yen

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Goldberg sale 109, lot 2380
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This specimen was lot 2380 in Goldberg sale 109 (Los Angeles, January 2019), where it sold for $5,040. The catalog description[1] noted, "Japan. 20 Yen, Taisho 9 (1920). Yoshihito, 1912-1926. Gem mint state example. NGC graded MS-66." This type was struck during the Taisho era in considerable numbers but remains scarce today with some dates rare. The type was terminated in 1920. 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: 370,366.

Specification: 16.67 g, .900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-53; KM-Y40.2.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 109: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2019.

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