5 rin coin

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Five Rin
Value 1200 Japanese Yen
Mass2.1 g
Diameter18.78 mm
Composition95% Copper
4% Lead
1% Zinc
Years of minting1916–1919

The five rin coin (五厘青銅貨) was a Japanese coin worth one two-hundredth of a Japanese yen, as 5 rin equalled ​ 12 sen, and 100 sen equaled 1 yen.[1] This series was short lived, and succeeded the half sen coins which stopped being produced in 1888. Five rin coins were made from a copper alloy, and at 18.78mm are smaller than their predecessor.[2] These coins were eventually taken out of circulation at the end of 1953 when a new law that established one form of currency (yen) was enacted.[3]

Circulation figures[edit]


5 rin coin from 1916 (5th year)

The following are circulation figures for the five rin coin, all of which were minted between the 5th and 8th year of Taishō's reign. The dates all begin with the Japanese symbol 大正 (Taishō), followed by the year of his reign the coin was minted. Each coin is read clockwise from right to left, so in the example used below "五" would read as "year 5" or 1916. Five rin coins are considered common, and can easily be obtained in circulated grades.[4]

"Year" ← "Number representing year of reign" ← "Emperor's name" (Ex: 年 ← 五 ← 正大)
Year of reign Japanese date Gregorian date Mintage[4]
5th 1916 8,000,000[4]
6th 1917 5,287,584[4]
7th 1918 11,661,877[4]
8th 1919 17,130,539[4]


  1. ^ John Crowdy. "The British Almanac". Stationers' Company. p. 112-113. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "5厘青銅貨" (in Japanese). www.buntetsu.net. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "小額通貨の整理及び支払金の端数計算に関する法律" [A law of the abolition of currencies in a small denomination and rounding off a fraction, July 15, 1953 Law No.60]. www.shugiin.go.jp. Archived from the original on June 28, 2002. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Chester L. Krause & Clifford Mishler. Collecting World Coins 10th edition. Krause Publications. p. 429.