50 yen coin

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Fifty Yen
Japan
Value 50 Japanese yen
Mass 4 g
Diameter 21 mm
Shape circular
Center hole diameter 4 mm
Composition Cupronickel Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Years of minting 1967–present
Obverse
50 Yen Rückseite.jpg
Reverse
50 Yen Vorderseite.jpg

The 50 yen coin (五十円硬貨 Gojū-en kōka?) is a denomination of Japanese yen. The current design was first minted in 1967. [1]

History[edit]

The first 50 yen coin was issued in 1955 and featured a chrysanthemum viewed from the side on the reverse and a stylized ancient weight on the obverse. The coin had a diameter of 25 mm, and was 100% nickel.

In 1959, the design was modified, adding a hole in the center due to complaints that the design was confusing with the 100 yen coin, and changing the reverse side to show a chrysanthemum viewed from above. The metallurgy remained unchanged. This design was issued every year from 1959 to 1966.

The current design for the 50 Yen coin was first issued in 1967. The metallurgy was changed to a ratio of 75-25 copper-nickel, with the diameter of the coin reduced to 21 mm, and the weight reduced from 5.0 grams to 4.0 grams. The size of the center hole was reduced from 6 mm in diameter to 4 mm. The reverse side retained the use of a chrysanthemum motif, showing three smaller flowers flanking the center hole.

Composition[edit]

Years Material[2]
1955-1967 100% nickel
1967-Current 75% copper, 25% nickel

Designs[edit]

Circulation figures[edit]

Showa[edit]

The following are circulation dates which cover Emperor Hirohito's reign. The dates below correspond with the 30th to the 64th year (last) of his reign. Fifty yen coins had three different designs, but there was no overlap in mintage between them. 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 -> 50 -> 年).
Year of reign Japanese date Gregorian date Mintage[2]
30th 三十 1955 63,700
31st 三十一 1956 91,300
32nd 三十二 1957 39,000
33rd 三十三 1958 18,000
34th 三十四 1959 23,900
35th 三十五 1960 6,000
36th 三十六 1961 16,000
37th 三十七 1962 50,300
38th 三十八 1963 55,000
39th 三十九 1964 69,200
40th 四十 1965 189,300
41st 四十一 1966 171,500
42nd 四十二 1967 238,400
43rd 四十三 1968 200,000
44th 四十四 1969 210,900
45th 四十五 1970 269,800
46th 四十六 1971 80,950
47th 四十七 1972 138,980
48th 四十八 1973 200,970
49th 四十九 1974 470,000
50th 五十 1975 238,120
51st 五十一 1976 241,880
52nd 五十二 1977 176,000
53rd 五十三 1978 234,000
54th 五十四 1979 110,000
55th 五十五 1980 51,000
56th 五十六 1981 179,000
57th 五十七 1982 30,000
58th 五十八 1983 30,000
59th 五十九 1984 29,850
60th 六十 1985 10,150
61st 六十一 1986 9,960
62nd 六十二 1987 775
63rd 六十三 1988 109,112
64th 六十四 1989 0

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 -> 13 -> 年).
Year of reign Japanese date Gregorian date Mintage[2]
1st 1989 245,000
2nd 1990 274,953
3rd 1991 209,120
4th 1992 49,130
5th 1993 51,240
6th 1994 65,767
7th 1995 111,874
8th 1996 82,213
9th 1997 150,086
10th 1998 100,612
11th 十一 1999 59,120
12th 十二 2000 7,026
13th 十三 2001 8,024
14th 十四 2002 11,667
15th 十五 2003 10,406
16th 十六 2004 9,903
17th 十七 2005 10,029
18th 十八 2006 10,594
19th 十九 2007 9,904
20th 二十 2008 8,811
21st 二十一 2009 5,003
22nd 二十二 2010 510
23rd 二十三 2011 456
24h 二十四 2012 659
25th 二十五 2013 554
26th 二十六 2014 7,538
27th 二十七 2015 47,004
28th 二十八 2016 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Operations Coins Currently Minted: Japan Mint". Japan Mint. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Circulation figures" (PDF). Japan Mint. Retrieved August 27, 2016.