Rin: coin from Empire of Japan; 1/1000 yen


1 rin, 1883: Empire of Japan

1 rin, 1883: Empire of Japan

Ruler: Emperor Meiji (明治天皇, Meiji-tennō) — the 122nd emperor of Japan (during 1852-1912) according to the traditional order of succession. He was the first monarch of the Empire of Japan and presided over the Meiji era.

Date on coin (in this case, the date is read from right to left): 年六十治明 — year 16 of Meiji (1883 — Gregorian calendar).

本 日 大 (in this case, the text is read from right to left; modern writing — 大日本): Dai Nippon or Great Japan.

Stylized chrysanthemum: symbol of Japan, national flower.

Denomination in "一厘" and "1 RIN" formats.

Japan Mint (Osaka, Japan).

Mintage: 14.128.150.

  • Bronze: 16 mm - 0.94 g
  • Reference price: 10.5$

COIN RIN — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. EMPIRE OF JAPAN (1873-1919): rin = 1/10 sen = 1/1000 yen

RIN (厘) as coin name is rarely found in catalogs of world coins — only when it comes to several types of Japanese coins of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although the term is still used in Japan as an abstract unit of measurement in accounting and stock trading.
In Japanese, it is denoted by the character 厘 (rin). However, if we try to translate this symbol from the Chinese language, we get the translation "one thousandth". There is information that the rin coin got its Japanese name from the Chinese character 釐, which in ancient times denoted a unit of measurement of weight (according to some sources, 1/1000 tael).