5 円 - Goen the lucky coin and its holes in the middle

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The 5 yen coin, goen, Japanese that equals 15 cents is considered a symbol of luck in Japan and the world. because? In this article, we will examine some details of this coin and understand its meaning.

5 yen is a low-value currency, second only to 1 yen. It is also a pierced coin, perfect for making laces, key chains and other accessories. The coin is dated 1870 and its front represents rice that grows out of the water. The compound elements in the currency represent agriculture and fishing which are key elements of the Japanese economy.

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Why is goen considered lucky coin?

The 5 yen coin is considered the lucky coin, simply because its pronunciation is the same as the word 御縁 (goen) which can mean destiny, opportunity, connection and relationship. So basically the 5 moeda coin is an object of luck in love.

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Separately the Kanji of the word 御縁 can mean:

  • 御 - honorable, manipulate, govern, educated, humble, beautiful;
  • 縁 - affinity, relationship, connection, border, border, border;

The First Kanji can be used as a prefix and suffix in some words. The second kanji is used in nouns and indicates a force or connection that connects two people. Just because of this similarity of pronunciation between 5円 and 御縁 thousands of people use the currency to get lucky in love and other important connections.

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How is the 5 yen coin used?

In addition to being used as a symbol, on cords and accessories. These coins are given as donations in Shinto shrines with the intention of establishing a good connection with the sanctuary's divinity. 

Others throw these coins at temples in the hope of meeting new people who can bring fortune, business, friendships or love. Some believe that the five yen coin should be the first to be put in the wallet.

Others still believe that throwing the 50 yen coin that is also punctured, brings five times more luck than the 5 yen coin. Japan is full of superstitions because of the pronunciation of the words, some even believe that the numbers 4 and 9 are unlucky because of their pronunciations shi that resembles death (shinu) and ku that resembles suffering or black.

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Others believe that the kit kat chocolate brings luck because of his pronunciation that resembles kitto katsu which means “you will surely win” making the country buy chocolate for their children during school exams. This and many other superstitions you only find in Japan.

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Why are the 5 and 50 yen coins pierced?

Many are curious about the hole in the middle of japanese coins 5 and 50 yen. Even if you ask most Japanese people, no one will be able to explain why there is a hole in the 5 yen and 50 yen coins. In this article, we will try to understand why there is a hole in the middle of Japan's currency.

Know that it's not just the Japanese currency that has a hole in the middle. Several countries such as Norway, China, New Guinea and Denmark have or have punctured coins.

There are rumors that the 5-yen perforated coin was originally created in 1948 because it needed to save metals that were scarce after World War II. Originally the 50 yen coin had no holes, but it was very similar to the 100 yen coin. Then they made a hole in the 50 yen coin to help identify them. The holes in the Japanese currency today are of great help to the visually impaired.

We concluded that in the past, several currencies from different countries had a hole in the middle to prevent counterfeiting and lower the cost of production. However, with the advancement of technology, several countries have abandoned the practice of making punctured coins. Few countries besides Japan currently have a leaky currency.

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Explaining in depth why coins are punctured

Although we know the main reason why the 5 and 50 yen coins have a hole in the middle, there are still many doubts regarding the origin of the holes in the coins. That's because more than 1300 years ago there were several Japanese coins with a square hole in the middle, even during the Edo period (1603 - 1868).

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China may have influenced Japan's pierced coins as it has influenced much of Japan's history and culture. There are theories that the circle of the coin represented the universe and the square in the middle of the coin represented the earth. Thanks to this hole, the coins were tied to the waist, which facilitated transport and protected them from thieves.

The hole in the coin had several uses, such as serving as clothing buttons or making necklaces. Some were even used in the manufacture of weapons. In the past, coins were manufactured in a way that removing and separating them during their casting was very laborious, the holes in the middle somehow facilitated this process.

The pierced coin has existed for thousands of years! So there are still doubts about who had the idea to pierce the coin and why? Was it just because of the cost and difficulty of manufacturing? Or was it for practicality? What's your opinion?

Below see curiosities about the Yen:

Doesn't Danish currency have a hole in the middle?

Why the hell am I talking about the Danish currency in an article about 5 yen coins? A few years ago I created an article with that name, but when updating so much the Japanese coins, I decided to include this part in the middle.

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A few years ago, looking at the reports of the Google Search Console of my website, I noticed that the old post about Why Japanese 5 and 50 yen coins are pierced appeared several times, like, over 200,000 times for people who searched for “Which Danish currency doesn't have a hole in the middle ”.

The strangest thing is that even though my article appeared only on the second page when searching for “Which Danish currency does not have a hole in the middle”, still more than 1000 people entered the article about Japanese coins pierced. It may not seem like anything to you, reader, but to me it was a totally strange phenomenon.

This phrase was consulted so many times that it appeared several times in the TOP 10 keyword impressions on my website even though the article is located on the second page. So I thought, I'm going to honor this huge amount of research and write about it and also try to unravel this mystery.

It was on that occasion that I could see the luck that the 5 and 50 yen coins brought to my site… lol!

Qual moeda dinamarquesa não tem um furo no meio?

Although my Google Search Console shows that I had more than 200,000 monthly queries for that keyword, and more than 40 phrase variations, the number can be much higher. Google's keyword planner suggests that the search is only 1000 to 10,000 people, although Search Console shows differently.

This exorbitant amount of searches for the phrase which currency in Denmark has no hole in the middle appeared just in the last month, probably when my article on Japan's pierced coins was positioned on the second page of that keyword. I'm using a lot of technical terms that are confusing you, but I'm also confused.

Which Danish currency doesn't have a hole in the middle?

If you came from Google, please reply because you searched for that phrase. It is incomprehensible the abnormal amount of queries for that phrase appearing on my Search Console, which made me write this article and answer that question.

The currency name of Denmark is Danish krone which equals 0.58 cents, and is also used in Greenland. His code is DKK and the coins are divided into øre, where 100 øre equals 1 krone (Danish krone). There are 25 and 50 øre coins, in addition to 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 krone coins. The banknotes are 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 kroner.

The only dinar coins that have a hole in the middle are 1 krone, 2 krone and 5 krone. Both øre coins and those worth more than 5 krone have no hole in the middle and are beautiful. Maybe that's why you search for Danish coins without a hole in the middle, but what usually draws attention to the coins are the pierced ones.

Sometimes I seriously think it is some kind of conspiracy or secret method to find a secret website. We are talking about more than 200,000 monthly searches for that phrase. If it were something like Danish coins, krones and ores, but I'm talking about the phrase: Which Danish currency doesn't have a hole in the middle

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After a few years I discovered why several people entered my article about 5 yen coins using Danish coins. This happened because of a TV show that asked that question ... How powerful are the programs ...