The first modern style circulating coins of Japan, 1870-1871
M4(1871) 50 SEN TYPE I - 19MM DRAGON CIRCLE Y4a.1

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: JAPAN
Item Description: 50S M4(1871) 19mm DRAGON CIRCLE
Full Grade: NGC MS 65
Owner: Star City Homer

Set Details

Custom Sets: This coin is not in any custom sets.
Competitive Sets: 50 sen, silver, with dragon and rising sun, 1870-1871   Score: 1206
The first modern style circulating coins of Japan, 1870-1871   Score: 1206
Research: NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

JNDA 01-13A. Dragon obverse and sun reverse motifs.

In 1871 the Japanese Mint reduced the diameter of the 50 sen coin by a fraction of a millimeter, while the weight remained the same, presumably for either technical or planchet acquisition purposes.

There are two varieties for the 'small diameter' version. The vastly more common is this 19 mm beaded circle version. Other than measuring, one of the flames (at approximately 2 o'clock) is seen overlapping 3 of the dragon's spines. There are also other variances with regard to the limb spines as well, but the diameter and the flame are the most common descriptors.

31.0 mm in diameter, 0.800 fine silver, weight 12.5 grams.

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