20 Sen Japan Silver

20 Sen
Metal:
State:
Issue year(s):
1871

Catalog reference:


1871, Japan, Meiji Period. Silver 20 Sen Coin


Mint Year: 1871

References:  JNDA01-20, KM-3 ($400 in MS60!).

Denomination: 20 Sen (1/5 Yen) - Rare variety with incomplete “SEN” (銭) character in legend!

Material: Silver (.900)

Diameter: 24mm

Weight: 5gm


Obverse: Dragon in circle clutching Pearl of Celestial Wisdom.


Reverse: Sunburst crest within beaded circle and wreath. Chrysanthemum, flanked by decorative stylized Pawlonia symbols above.


The Meiji period (Meiji jidai), or Meiji era, denotes the 45-year reign of the Meiji Emperor, running, in the Gregorian calendar, from 23 October 1868 to 30 July 1912. During this time, Japan started its modernization and rose to world power status. This era name means “Enlightened Rule”. After the death of the Meiji Emperor in 1912, the Taisho Emperor took the throne, thus beginning the Taisho period.



The Meiji Emperor (Meiji-tenno) (3 November 1852 — 30 July 1912) or Meiji the Great was the 122nd emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from 3 February 1867 until his death.


Like all his predecessors, since his death he has been referred to by a posthumous name. Upon his death a new tradition of giving the late emperor the name of the era coinciding with his reign was established. Having ruled during the Meiji era (Enlightened rule), he is now known as Emperor Meiji. As this is not a personal name, more accurately he should be referred to as “the Meiji emperor”.


His personal name was Mutsuhito, and although outside of Japan he is sometimes called by this name or Emperor Mutsuhito, in Japan emperors are referred to only by their posthumous names. Use of an emperor’s personal name would be considered too familiar, or even blasphemous.


At the time of his birth in 1852, Japan was an isolated, pre-industrial, feudal country dominated by the Tokugawa Shogunate and the daimyo, who ruled over the country’s more than 250 decentralized domains. By the time of his death in 1912, Japan had undergone a political, social, and industrial revolution at home (See Meiji Restoration) and emerged as one of the great powers on the world stage.


A detailed account of the State Funeral in the New York Times concluded with an observation: "The contrast between that which preceded the funeral car and that which followed it was striking indeed. Before it went old Japan; after it came new Japan."


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Posted by: anonymous  2023-10-30
1871, Japan, Meiji Period. Silver 20 Sen Coin. Incomplete "銭" Variety! NGC MS64! Mint Year: 1871 References: JNDA01-20, KM-3 ($400 in MS60!). Condition: Certified nad graded by NGC as MS-64! Denomination: 20 Sen (1/5 Yen) - Rare variety with incomplete "SEN" (銭) character in legend! ...

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Posted by: anonymous  2015-05-01
1870,JAPAN. 20 Sen, Year 3 (1870). PCGS MS-66 Secure Holder.Y-3; JNDA-01-20. Shallow scales. Attractive satin luster.PCGS#: 500502

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Posted by: anonymous  2015-07-24
1871, Japan, Meiji Period. Scarce Silver 20 Sen (1/5 Yen) Coin. Rare Variety! Mint Year: 1871 Denomination: 20 Cents (1/5 Yen) Condition: Cleaned, otherwise a nice XF! Reference: JNDA 01-20, KM-3 ($100 in VF!). Variety with lower stroke in "Sen" incomplete! Material: Silver (.900) D ...

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Posted by: anonymous  2015-05-02
1870,JAPAN. 20 Sen, Year 3 (1870). PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder.Y-3; JNDA-01-20. Shallow scales. Toned with good luster.PCGS#: 500Pedigree: Ex: John Jay Pittman Collection.

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Posted by: anonymous  2015-04-24
1871,JAPAN. 20 Sen, Year 4 (1871). PCGS MS-62 Secure Holder.Y-3; JNDA-01-20. The lower strike in "Sen" is incomplete.PCGS#: 509178

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Posted by: anonymous  2015-05-02
1871,JAPAN. 20 Sen, Year 4 (1871). PCGS MS-66 Secure Holder.Y-3; JNDA-01-20. The lower strike in "Sen" is complete. Brilliant surfaces.PCGS#: 500

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