Copper plated aluminum coin.
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I got this coin on a trip to Japan last year, and only now got around to photographing and describing it. Japanese one-yen coins are aluminum, but they are undisguised. This one, whose age and value I have no idea of, is copper plated aluminum, presumably an attempt to hide the shame of making your money from such a cheap metal. But the lightness gives it away.
Reader Ryan Rotmark sent the following helpful update:
I believe the date on the obverse says "Showa year 14", which is the 14th year of the reign of Emperor Showa, or 1939 on the Gregorian calendar. The reverse says "10 sen". A sen is 1/100 of a yen, so its value is 1/10 of a yen.
I decided to ask Nobuo Takahashi, the Japanese distributor of my Posters, about it, and he replied
The coin in question is called "aluminum bronze 10 sen coin" andHm, it really feels very, very light to me.
Contributor: Theodore Gray
Acquired: 20 November, 2007
Text Updated: 29 January, 2009
Sample Group: Coins