Japanese 50-sen coins, postwar.

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Japanese 50-sen coins, postwar.

Beitragvon villa66 » Do 07.12.17 09:29

Unsurprisingly, what might be American influence can be seen in the 50-sen pieces struck in occupied Japan during the early postwar. A denomination called out in Western numerals, for one thing. A name-change for another—what had been “Great Japan” was here “Government of Japan.” And like the Lincoln cent of ‘44-46, the new 50-sen coin of 1946-47 was struck using metal recovered from spent shell-casings.

But even this ever-so-humble composition wasn’t enough to save the new 50-sen. Its metal value soon exceeded its face value, so it was quickly replaced with a smaller coin, and the 1947-dated pieces of this first type went unissued.
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Re: Japanese 50-sen coins, postwar.

Beitragvon villa66 » Do 07.12.17 09:31

The new, considerably smaller 50-sen of 1947-48 was also produced using metal recovered from spent shell-casings. And the name of the issuing authority had changed again. (As above, the legend “Great Japan” had given way to “Government of Japan” at the end of the war, but only briefly.) The new and still current legend—“Country of Japan”—made its first appearance on this 1947 (Showa 22) 50-sen. (I have also seen the issuing authority styled “State of Japan.”

The 50-sen denomination, however, didn’t have far to go. It would be produced only a single additional year, and then retired after 31 December 1953 under the terms of the “Small Currency Disposition and Fractional Rounding in Payments Act.”
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Re: Japanese 50-sen coins, postwar.

Beitragvon villa66 » Do 07.12.17 09:32

The 1948 50-sen of the above type was the coin's second—and final—appearance. Unlike the two other denominations produced that year (1-yen and 5-yen), the 1948 (Showa 23) 50-sen has a date that reads the traditional Japanese right-to-left.

It was the last Japanese coin for which that was the case, and--so far, anyway--it was the country’s last coin denominated at less than one yen.

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