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500 Yen (opening of Seikan Tunnel)

500 Yen (opening of Seikan Tunnel)500 Yen (opening of Seikan Tunnel)
Series:
1948~Today - Commemoratives
Catalog codes:
WCC:y93
Themes:
Maps | Ribbons | Tunnels
Issued on:
1988
Last issue date:
1988
Distribution:
Circulating Commemorative
Mints:
Japan Mint, Osaka, Japan
Orientation:
Medal alignment ↑O↑
Shape:
Circular
Rim:
Raised. Dotted circle. Both sides
Weight:
13 grams
Diameter:
30 mm
Face value:
500 ¥
Known mintage:
20,000,000
Composition Details:
75% copper, 25% nickel
Score:
89% Accuracy: Medium
Description:
Front: Map of location of the Seikan Tunnel
below the Tsugaru Strait (津軽海峡 Tsugaru Kaikyō?)
channel between the islands Honshu and Hokkaido in northern Japan
legend: (above, subject) 青 函 ト ン ネ ル . . (Seikan Tonneru)
(lower-left, Western value) 5 0 0 円 (Yen, ¥)
(lower-right), 昭和63年 (63th year of 124th
emperor Hirohito, 裕仁 (昭和天皇 Shōwa-tennō, 1988)
Back: Tunnel design with double railway
between five flying sea gulls above wave design
legend: (top, state name) 日 本 国
(Nippon/Nihon-koku, the State of Japan)
(bottom, Japanese value) 五 百 円 (5 x 100 Yen, ¥)
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500 Yen (opening of Seto Bridge)

500 Yen (opening of Seto Bridge)500 Yen (opening of Seto Bridge)
Series:
1948~Today - Commemoratives
Catalog codes:
WCC:y94
Themes:
Bridges | Maps | Ribbons
Issued on:
1988
Last issue date:
1988
Distribution:
Circulating Commemorative
Mints:
Japan Mint, Osaka, Japan
Orientation:
Medal alignment ↑O↑
Shape:
Circular
Rim:
Raised. Dotted circle. Both sides
Weight:
13 grams
Diameter:
30 mm
Face value:
500 ¥
Known mintage:
20,000,000
Composition Details:
75% copper, 25% nickel
Score:
89% Accuracy: Medium
Description:
Front: Map of location of the Great Seto Bridge
on the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海, Seto Naikai)
to connect Honshu island (north) with Shikoku island
(south) in central Japan inside a ribbon
legend: (above, subject) 瀬 戸 大 橋 . . (Seto Ōhashi)
(lower-left, Western value) 5 0 0 円 (Yen, ¥)
(lower-right), 昭和63年 (63th year of 124th
emperor Hirohito, 裕仁 (昭和天皇 Shōwa-tennō, 1988)
Back: Bridge view from Shikoku island
consisting of 4 lanes of roadway (upper),
2 rail lines (lower)
legend: (top, state name) 日 本 国
(Nippon/Nihon-koku, the State of Japan)
(bottom, Japanese value) 五 百 円 (5 x 100 Yen, ¥)
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100 Yen (平成 - Heisei)

100 Yen (平成 - Heisei)100 Yen (平成 - Heisei)
Series:
1948~Today - Circulating Coins
Catalog codes:
WCC:y98
Variants:
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Themes:
Flowers | Plants (Flora)
Issued on:
1989
Last issue date:
2016
Distribution:
Standard Circulation
Mints:
Japan Mint, Osaka, Japan
Edge:
Reeded/grained
Orientation:
Medal alignment ↑O↑
Shape:
Circular
Rim:
Raised. Not decorated. Both sides
Weight:
4.8 grams
Diameter:
22.6 mm
Face value:
100 ¥
Known mintage:
4,294,967,295
Composition Details:
75% copper, 25% nickel
Score:
20% Accuracy: Very High
Description:
Front: (Large Western value) 100 legend (bottom, year) 平 成 1 - 2 . 年 (current) (area: 平成, Heisei-tennō, 1st - 2.th year (current) of 125th emperor Akihito (明仁)
Back: Three cherry blossoms (Prunus serrulata,
sakura (桜, 櫻 or さくら) legend: (top, state name) 日 本 国 (Nippon/Nihon-koku, the State of Japan)
(bottom, value in Japanese) 百 円 (100 Yen, ¥)
WCC Catalog Codes:
y98.1: 1989
y98.2: 1990~2016
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500 Yen (平成 - Heisei)

500 Yen (平成 - Heisei)500 Yen (平成 - Heisei)
Series:
1948~Today - Circulating Coins
Catalog codes:
WCC:y99
Variants:
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Themes:
Flowers | Plants (Flora)
Issued on:
1989
Last issue date:
1999
Distribution:
Standard Circulation
Mints:
Japan Mint, Osaka, Japan
Edge:
Lettered (plain)
Orientation:
Medal alignment ↑O↑
Shape:
Circular
Rim:
Raised. Dotted circle. Both sides
Weight:
7.2 grams
Diameter:
26.5 mm
Face value:
500 ¥
Known mintage:
1,683,967,000
Composition Details:
75% copper, 25% nickel
Score:
52% Accuracy: Very High
Description:
Front: (rimmed Western value) 500 with horizontal hatch
above (year) 平 成 (元 until 十一) 年
(area) Heisei 1st until 10+1 (year) of 125th emperor
Akihito, 明仁 (天皇陛下 Tennō Heika, 1989 -
legend none (top/bottom, spacers/plant) 5 leaves
(left/right, spacers/plant) branches
Back: Pawlownia flower (Paulownia tomentosa, tree)
legend: (top, state name) 日 本 国
(Nippon/Nihon-koku, the State of Japan)
(bottom, value in Japanese) 五 百 円 (5 x 100 Yen, ¥)
WCC Catalog Codes:
y99.1: 元 (first, 1989)
y99.2: 二 until 十一 (2, 1990 until 11, 1999)
Edge: Pit - Plain with incuse value & state name:
500 ◊ NIPPON ◊ 500 ◊ NIPPON ◊
Note: difference between y87 and 99.1 and y99.2
is the emperor area 昭和 (Shōwa) become 平成 (Heisei)
Note: Coin design was changed in Heisei Year 12 (2000)
with latent imagery inside "0's" after massive
counterfeiting issue plagued this coin
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50 Yen

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Series:
1948~Today - Circulating Coins
Catalog codes:
WCC:y101.1
Variants:
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Themes:
Flowers | Plants (Flora)
Issued on:
1989
Last issue date:
1989
Distribution:
Standard Circulation
Mints:
Japan Mint, Osaka, Japan
Edge:
Reeded/grained
Shape:
Circular with round hole
Rim:
Raised. Not decorated. Both sides
Weight:
4 grams
Diameter:
21 mm
Face value:
50 ¥
Known mintage:
245,000,000
Composition Details:
75% copper, 25% nickel
Score:
55% Accuracy: Medium
Description:
Front: (Western value) 50
legend (top) (Showa area)
(bottom, year) 平 成 元 年 (1989)
year of 125th emperor Akihito (明仁, 天皇陛下 Tennō Heika)
Back: (top, state name) 日 本 国
(Nippon/Nihon-koku, the State of Japan)
(left/right) Chrysanthemums
(bottom, value in Japanese) 五 十 円 (5x10 Yen, ¥)
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50 Yen (平成 - Heisei)

50 Yen (平成 - Heisei)50 Yen (平成 - Heisei)
Series:
1948~Today - Circulating Coins
Catalog codes:
WCC:y101.2
Variants:
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Themes:
Flowers | Plants (Flora)
Issued on:
1990
Last issue date:
2014
Distribution:
Standard Circulation
Mints:
Japan Mint, Osaka, Japan
Edge:
Reeded/grained
Orientation:
Medal alignment ↑O↑
Shape:
Circular with round hole
Rim:
Raised. Not decorated. Both sides
Weight:
4 grams
Diameter:
21 mm
Face value:
50 ¥
Known mintage:
1,212,446,000
Composition Details:
75% copper, 25% nickel
Score:
29% Accuracy: Very High
Description:
Front: (Western value) 50
legend (top) (Showa area)
(bottom, year) 平 成 1 - 2 6 年 (1989 - 201x current)
year of 125th emperor Akihito (明仁, 天皇陛下 Tennō Heika)
Back: (top, state name) 日 本 国
(Nippon/Nihon-koku, the State of Japan)
(left/right) Chrysanthemums
(bottom, value in Japanese) 五 十 円 (5x10 Yen, ¥)
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500 Yen (Enthronement of Emperor Akihito)

500 Yen (Enthronement of Emperor Akihito)500 Yen (Enthronement of Emperor Akihito)
Series:
1948~Today - Commemoratives
Catalog codes:
WCC:y102
Themes:
Coats of Arms | Plants (Flora) | Vehicles
Issued on:
1990-11-08
Last issue date:
1990-11-08
Distribution:
Circulating Commemorative
Mints:
Japan Mint, Osaka, Japan
Orientation:
Medal alignment ↑O↑
Shape:
Circular
Rim:
Raised. Dotted circle. Both sides
Weight:
13 grams
Diameter:
30 mm
Face value:
500 ¥
Known mintage:
30,000,000
Composition Details:
925/1000 Silver .4461 oz. ASW, 75/1000 copper
Score:
88% Accuracy: Medium
Description:
Front: Imperial Seal (mon) of Japan, Chrysanthemum Seal
(菊紋 kikumon) or Chrysanthemum Flower Seal (菊花紋,
菊花紋章 kikukamon, kikukamonshō) or Imperial chrysanthemum emblem (菊の御紋 kikunogomon)
in font of different plants
legend: (top, subject) . . 位 . .
(translation: Enthronement of Emperor Akihito)
(lower-left, Western value) 5 0 0 円 (Yen)
(dottom, spacer/dot) •
(lower-right, year) 平 成 2 年
(area: 平 成, Heisei, 2 - 1990, year)
Back: Emperor's Carriage (left)
legend: (top, wide state name) 日 本 国
(Nippon/Nihon-koku, the State of Japan)
(bottom, value in Japanese) 五 百 円 (5 x 100 Yen, ¥)
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500 Yen (20th anniversary reversion of Okinawa)

500 Yen (20th anniversary reversion of Okinawa)500 Yen (20th anniversary reversion of Okinawa)
Series:
1948~Today - Commemoratives
Catalog codes:
WCC:y106
Themes:
Buildings | Dragons | Heraldic Animals
Issued on:
1992
Last issue date:
1992
Distribution:
Circulating Commemorative
Mints:
Japan Mint, Osaka, Japan
Shape:
Circular
Rim:
Raised. Dotted circle. Both sides
Weight:
13 grams
Diameter:
30 mm
Face value:
500 ¥
Known mintage:
20,000,000
Composition Details:
75% copper, 25% nickel
Score:
91% Accuracy: Medium
Description:
Front: (Wetern value) 500円
between (above, subject) .... / 二十年
(translation: reversion of Okinawa / 20 years, anniversary)
(below, year) 平成四年
(area: 平成 Heisei)
(四 4th year year of 124th emperor Akihito (明仁)
(年 year (-nen)
legend: none, mirrores dragons facing
Back: Shuri Castle (首里城, Shuri-jō?, Shui Gushiku,
palace of the Ryūkyū Kingdom,1992, reconstructed
build in Sanzan period (1322–1429)
(top, wide state name) 日 本 国
(Nippon/Nihon-koku, the State of Japan)
(bottom, value in Japanese) 五 百 円 (5 x 100 Yen, ¥)
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500 Yen (Royal Wedding of Crown Prince)

500 Yen (Royal Wedding of Crown Prince)500 Yen (Royal Wedding of Crown Prince)
Series:
1948~Today - Commemoratives
Catalog codes:
WCC:y107
Variants:
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Themes:
Animals (Fauna) | Birds | Coats of Arms | Herons | Plants (Flora) | Princes | Seals (Emblems) | Weddings
Issued on:
1993-06-04
Last issue date:
1993-06-04
Distribution:
Circulating Commemorative
Mints:
Japan Mint, Osaka, Japan
Orientation:
Medal alignment ↑O↑
Shape:
Circular
Rim:
Raised. Dotted circle. Both sides
Weight:
7.2 grams
Diameter:
26.5 mm
Face value:
500 ¥
Known mintage:
30,000,000
Composition Details:
75% copper, 25% nickel
Score:
87% Accuracy: Medium
Description:
Front: Imperial Seal (mon) of Japan, Chrysanthemum Seal
(菊紋 kikumon) or Chrysanthemum Flower Seal (菊花紋,
菊花紋章 kikukamon, kikukamonshō) or Imperial chrysanthemum emblem (菊の御紋 kikunogomon)
between 2 branches
legend: (top, subject) . . 干 . 下 . . . . .
(translation: Royal Wedding of Crown Prince)
(lower-left, state name) 日 本 国
(Nippon/Nihon-koku, the State of Japan)
(bottom, Western value) 5 0 0 円 (Yen)
(left/right, lower-left/right, spacers/dots) •
(lower-right, year) 平 成 五 年
(area: 平 成, Heisei, 五 (5 - 1993), 年 (year)
Back: Pair of flyng herons (left) above arc design
legend: none
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500 Yen (Opening of Kansai International Airport)

500 Yen (Opening of Kansai International Airport)500 Yen (Opening of Kansai International Airport)
Series:
1948~Today - Commemoratives
Catalog codes:
WCC:y110
Themes:
Aircraft | Airports | Aviation | Landscapes | Seals (Emblems)
Issued on:
1994
Last issue date:
1994
Distribution:
Circulating Commemorative
Mints:
Japan Mint, Osaka, Japan
Orientation:
Medal alignment ↑O↑
Shape:
Circular
Rim:
Raised. Dotted circle. Both sides
Weight:
7.2 grams
Diameter:
26.5 mm
Face value:
500 ¥
Known mintage:
20,000,000
Composition Details:
75% copper, 25% nickel
Score:
91% Accuracy: Medium
Description:
Front: Map of location of Kansai Airport (関西国際空港,
Kansai Kokusai Kūkō) on an artificial island in the middle
of Osaka Bay in Osaka Prefecture, 大阪府, Ōsaka-fu)
legend: (above, subject) . . . . . . . .
(translation: Opening of Kansai International Airport)
inside a blossom-shaped knotted ribbon
(lower-left, Western value) 5 0 0 円 (Yen, ¥)
(lower-right, 平成6年 (6th year of 125th
emperor Akihito 明仁 (今上天皇 kinjō tennō, 1994)
Back: Airplane (front-right) above airport with bridge to main island Honshu (本州 Honshū)
legend: (top, state name) 日 本 国
(Nippon/Nihon-koku, the State of Japan)
(bottom, Japanese value) 五 百 円 (5 x 100 Yen, ¥)
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