10 Yen, Japan, 1897 - Rare coin in our collection

Just added another Rare coin to our collection.


It's Japanese - Meiji era gold 10 Yen 1897.


Year:30-43 (1897-1910)
Diameter:21.21 mm
Inscriptions:Japan, 10 Yen, 1897 M30
Weight:8.33 grams, 0.900 gold
Krause Number:Y# 33


The coin is graded by NGC AU58 ,a superior lustrous example of this scarce type.
Difficult to find today, however as all interesting numsmatic stuff.

According to last sales, the price is about $800-$1000


During 1871, the Empire of Japan issued the first 10 yen coin. Like all the other coins with values of 1 yen or higher, the first 10 yen coin was composed of .900 fine gold. It had a mass of 16.667 grams and a diameter of 28 millimeters. Displayed on the obverse was a chrysanthemum flower surrounded by a wreath and two crossing banners. Above this was the Imperial Seal of Japan and below was the Paulownia Crest. Shown on the reverse was a Japanese dragon with the value below (written as 圓十), the issuing authority (本日大) to the left, and the year of minting in Meiji to the right. They were minted until 1892 and later demonetized.

During 1897, a new 10 yen coin was issued. Once again, it was composed of .900 fine gold. However, significant changes were made to the new issue. The mass of the coin was reduced to half of its original, having been 8.333 grams, and the diameter was lowered to 21.21 millimeters. On the obverse was an image of a chrysanthemum with the issuing authority below it, the year of minting in Meiji to the left, and the value (inscribed as 圓十) to the right. Shown on the obverse was the value again, circled by a wreath and the Imperial Seal of Japan. Production of these coins ended in 1910, and they were later demonetized. A mintage of 20,254,416 coins were produced.



The Meiji period, also known as the Meiji era, is a Japanese era which extended from September 1868 through July 1912. This period represents the first half of the Empire of Japan during which Japanese society moved from being an isolated feudal society to its modern form. Fundamental changes affected its social structure, internal politics, economy, military, and foreign relations.


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