Coin of five-yen denomination

Japanese
Meiji era
1872
Designed by Kano Natsuo (Japanese, 1828–1898)


Dimensions

Diameter: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2000.1271

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Coins

Inscription

Dainihon Meiji gonen goen
大日本明治五年五圓

Provenance

2001, accessioned by the MFA [see note 1]. (Accession Date: July 12, 2001)

NOTES:
[1] Possibly part of the William Sturgis Bigelow Collection. Much of Bigelow’s collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum’s collection at later dates.

Credit Line

Source unidentified