How Much Was Yen Worth in 1940? (Full Answer)

Last Updated on June 27, 2022

The Japanese yen is the official currency of Japan and also a reserve currency after the U.S. Dollar, the Euro, and the Pound sterling.

It is also widely used in foreign exchange markets after the dollar and euro.

The U.S. dollar is the official currency of the United States of America, and it is also the most frequently utilized currency in international trade.

Several nations around the world use the U.S. dollar as their official money.

1957 -1958 Silver Japanese 100 Yen Circulated Rising Phoenix Coin, Showa Emperor Era 100 yen Circulated Graded by Seller Comes With Certificate of Authenticity


How Much Was Yen Worth in 1940?

The exchange rate for today is 15.82 USD, meaning that 1940 JPY = 15.82 USD (1940 Japanese Yen = 15.82 US Dollars).

Who created the yen?

The concept of the yen originated during Japan’s economic modernization strategy, which was established by the Meiji government in the late 1800s. It was based on the European Decimal Monetary System.

Current yen coins and banknotes

Currently, there are 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen coins in circulation since 2009. In 2004, the current series of banknotes was released: 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen notes.

1959 - 1966 Silver Japanese 100 Yen Circulated Coin Rice Stalk Reverse, Simple But Very Attractive 1960's Asian Design. 100 yen Circulated Graded by Seller

History of Japanese yen

The Japanese yen (Japanese: 円) is the official currency of Japan, having been introduced in 1871. The yen is designated by the ¥ symbol together with JPY, which may be used to distinguish the Japanese yen from the Chinese yuan renminbi that has the same symbol.

The Japanese yen is the world’s third most traded currency, after the US dollar and euro (EUR). Globally, the JPY ranks as the fourth reserve currency behind only the US dollar, euro, and British pound.

The Bank of Japan, the country’s central bank, produces four denominations of Japanese yen currency: ¥1,000, ¥2,000, ¥5,000 and ¥10,000. Yen coins are produced in the following denominations: ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50 , ¥100 and ¥500.

During the 19th century, Spanish dollars were used in Japan, in addition to local currencies.

The Meiji government’s establishment of the Japanese yen in 1871, as part of the New Currency Act, effectively fixed the monetary situation and replaced the mon currency system employed by the Tokugawa regime.

In 1882, the Bank of Japan was founded to regulate the money supply. The gold standard was implemented in Japan in 1897.

The Japanese economy was reconstructed after World War II, when the fixed exchange rate of the yen was established to enhance it. The yen lost a lot of its value and was set at 360 JPY per 1 USD.

In 1973, the yen became a floating currency.

1957 -1958 Silver Japanese 100 Yen Circulated Rising Phoenix Coin, Showa Emperor Era 100 yen Circulated Graded by Seller Comes With Certificate of Authenticity

More information about the Japanese yen

The word “yen,” which means “round” in Japanese, derives its name from the round shape of this coin. The value of a 1-yen coin is 1 gram (0.035 oz).

In 2019, it was reported that several Japanese yen banknotes will get a new design and begin circulation in 2024.

The lifespan of the 10,000-yen banknote is 4 to 5 years. The 5,000- yen and 1,000-yen banknotes, on the other hand, only survive for 1 to 2 years because they are used more frequently.

A new ¥2,000 bill was created in celebration of the Okinawa Summit, which occurred in 2000. It is worth noting that very few banknotes are in circulation now, owing to problems with vending machines in Japan.

The painting “The Kakitsubata Flowers” by Ōgata Kōrin is shown on the reverse side of the 5,000 yen banknote.

A $1,000 Japanese yen is called a “bun” (urai), whereas a $10,000 Japanese yen is known as a “sen.” The smallest unit of money in Japan is the ¥0.01 note, sometimes termed a “chikusha,” while the dollar has no official equivalent.

Jackie Palmer is a Houston-based coin journalist and fashion enthusiast. She joined Jewels Advisor’s content team after years of experience as a content strategist, managing blogs and social channels for local stores. Jackie mostly collects and studies US coins produced during the 20th century and over the years, published hundreds of articles for multiple coin publications.