Japan Copper Japanese - Showa era, 1 Sen Year 13 (1938 AD) Bird
Japan Copper Coin
Japanese - Showa era, 1 Sen Year 13 (1938 AD)
3.75 grams; size: 23 mm; Copper
Japanese - Showa era, Year 13 (1938)
Obverse: Bird (金烏) within clouds flanked by cherry blossoms.
Reverse: Value in center of sacred mirror within wave-like wreath.
Very nice design on this coin. Many Japanese coins show a phoenix, the magical bird. But this one shows a plain old crow. Nothing magical about that!
Japanese Copper Coin
The first Japanese one yen coin was minted in 1870. Its obverse featured a dragon with a circular inscription around. The reverse had a radiant sun surrounded by a wreath, with chrysanthemum emblem (a symbol of the Japanese Imperial Family) flanked by floral patterns above. Large silver one yen coins were issued between 1870 and 1914, supplemented by small gold one yen coins issued between 1871 and 1880 (plus a special collector's issue from 1892). One yen silver coins minted after Japan adopted the gold standard (gold based currency) in 1897 were not issued for domestic use, but for use in Japanese Taiwan and foreign trade.