What is a Japanese yen coin?

The Japan Mint issued Japanese Yen coins in 6 different denominations, including this 1 Japanese Yen coin. They are part of the Japanese Yen coins series. The Japan Mint started issuing these 1 Japanese Yen coins in 1955. They are currently still in circulation. This Japanese silver-colored 1 yen coin measures 20mm across and weighs 1g.

When was 100 yen coinage first authorized?

100 yen coinage was first authorized in 1951 with the specification that the coins be made of a silver alloy.[2] The first coins were minted for circulation in 1957 which featured a phoenixon the reverse.

What is a 1-yen coin?

The 1-yen coin (一円硬貨, Ichi-en kōka) is the smallest denomination of the Japanese yen currency. Historically they were initially made of both silver and gold in the early 1870s. Issues facing the Japanese government at the time included wanting to adopt the gold standard, and competing against the Mexican dollar for use in foreign trade.

What is the obverse of a Japan coin?

The obverse of these brass coins features a numeral "1" with "State of Japan" above, and the date below, while the reverse reads "One Yen" with a floral pattern below it. The current aluminium coin was first introduced in 1955 with a floral design.