10 yen coin

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Ten yen
Japan
Value 10 Japanese yen
Mass 4.5 g
Diameter 23.5 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Edge Reeded (1951-1958)
Smooth (1959-)
Composition 95% Cu
3-4% Zn
1-2% Sn[1]
Years of minting 1951–present
Catalog number -
Obverse
JuEnDamaByodoinWP.png
Design Phoenix Hall of Byōdō-in
Reverse
JuEnDamaEvergreenTreeWP.jpg
Design Bay laurel leaves

The 10 yen coin (十円硬貨, Jū-en kōka) is one denomination of Japanese yen.

The obverse of the coin depicts the Phoenix Hall of Byōdō-in, a Buddhist temple in Uji, Kyoto prefecture, with the kanji for "Japan" and "Ten Yen." The reverse shows the numerals "10" and the date of issue in kanji surrounded by bay laurel leaves.

10-yen coins issued between 1951 and 1958 have reeded edges, while 10-yen coins issued from 1959 onward do not.

Circulation figures[edit]

Shōwa[edit]

The following are circulation dates which cover Emperor Hirohito's reign, the dates below correspond with the 26th to the 64th year (last) of his reign. All ten yen coins that were made before 1959 have reeded edges, this has since changed to the present day smooth edge. Coins for this period will all begin with the Japanese symbol 昭和 (Showa).

  • Japanese coins are read with a left to right format:
"Emperors name" -> "Number representing year of reign" -> "Year" (Ex: 昭和 -> 三十四 -> 年).
Year of reign Japanese date Gregorian date Mintage (thousands)[2]
26th 二十六 1951 101,068
27th 二十七 1952 486,632
28th 二十八 1953 466,300
29th 二十九 1954 520,900
30th 三十 1955 123,100
31st 三十一 1956 0
32nd 三十二 1957 50,000
33rd 三十三 1958 25,000
34th 三十四 1959 62,400
35th 三十五 1960 225,900
36th 三十六 1961 229,900
37th 三十七 1962 284,200
38th 三十八 1963 411,300
39th 三十九 1964 479,200
40th 四十 1965 387,600
41st 四十一 1966 395,900
42nd 四十二 1967 158,900
43rd 四十三 1968 363,600
44th 四十四 1969 414,800
45th 四十五 1970 382,700
46th 四十六 1971 610,050
47th 四十七 1972 634,950
48th 四十八 1973 1,345,000
49th 四十九 1974 1,780,000
50th 五十 1975 1,280,260
51st 五十一 1976 1,369,740
52nd 五十二 1977 1,467,000
53rd 五十三 1978 1,435,000
54th 五十四 1979 1,207,000
55th 五十五 1980 1,127,000
56th 五十六 1981 1,369,000
57th 五十七 1982 890,000
58th 五十八 1983 870,000
59th 五十九 1984 533,850
60th 六十 1985 335,150
61st 六十一 1986 68,960
62nd 六十二 1987 165,775
63rd 六十三 1988 618,112
64th 六十四 1989 74,692

Heisei[edit]

The following are circulation dates in the reign of the current Emperor. Akihito was crowned in 1989, which is marked with a 元 symbol on the coin as a one year type. Coins for this period all begin with the Japanese symbol 平成 (Heisei).

  • Japanese coins are read with a left to right format:
"Emperors name" -> "Number representing year of reign" -> "Year" (Ex: 平成 -> 十 -> 年).
Year of reign Japanese date Gregorian date Mintage (thousands)[2]
1st 1989 666,308
2nd 1990 754,953
3rd 1991 632,120
4th 1992 538,130
5th 1993 249,240
6th 1994 190,767
7th 1995 248,874
8th 1996 546,213
9th 1997 491,086
10th 1998 410,612
11th 十一 1999 359,120
12th 十二 2000 315,026
13th 十三 2001 542,024
14th 十四 2002 455,667
15th 十五 2003 551,406
16th 十六 2004 592,903
17th 十七 2005 504,029
18th 十八 2006 440,594
19th 十九 2007 388,904
20th 二十 2008 362,811
21st 二十一 2009 338,003
22nd 二十二 2010 328,905
23rd 二十三 2011 255,936
24th 二十四 2012 279,211
25th 二十五 2013 100,892
26th 二十六 2014 171,013
27th 二十七 2015 203,004
28th 二十八 2016 198,064
29th 二十九 2017 -

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10 yen coin". Bank of Japan. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Circulation figures". Japan Mint. Retrieved February 23, 2017.