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10, 20 and 50 sen and 1 yen, and gold 2, 5, 10 and 20 yen. Gold 1 yen were
introduced in 1871, followed by copper 1 rin, ½, 1 and 2 sen in 1873.
Cupronickel 5 sen coins were introduced in 1889 But the year later the silver 1 yen coin
was demonetized and the sizes of the gold coins were reduced by 50%, with 5, 10
and 20 yen coins issued. In 1920, cupro-nickel 10 sen coins were introduced.
Production of silver coins ceased in 1938, after which a variety of base metals
were used to produce 1, 5 and 10 sen coins during the Second World War. Clay 5
and 10 sen coins were produced in 1945 but not issued for circulation.
After the war, brass 50 sen, 1 and current type of holed 5 yen was
introduced, followed by bronze 10 yen .
Japanese 10 yen coin showing Phoenix Hall of Byōdō-inCoins in denominations of
less than 1 yen became invalid and In 1955, the current type of aluminium 1 yen
was introduced, along with unholed, nickel 50 yen. followed by silver 100 yen
pieces..Later replaced by the current, cupro-nickel type, along with the
holed 50 yen coin. In the eighties the first 500 yen coins were introduced.
500 yen coins are among the highest valued coins to be used regularly in the
world is worth around 26 yen
The 1 yen coin is made out of 100% aluminum.
On various occasions, commemorative coins are minted using gold and silver with
various face values, up to 100,000 yen.
Instead of displaying the A.D. year of mintage like most nations' coins, yen
coins instead display the year of the current emperor's reign.