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4 Interesting Facts About the Japanese Yen

Ryan June 11th, 2021
4 Interesting Facts About the Japanese Yen


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History of the yen

Before the yen, Japan used an old complex monetary system. In 1871, the yen came into circulation when it created to stabilize Japan's economy. In 1897, the gold standard was adopted for Japan's currency. Since then,  Japan's currency has become much more stable.

Today, the yen is the third most traded currency in the foreign exchange market. 


Names for the currency

The name "yen" translates to "round object" or "circle" in English. This is because of the perfectly round shapes of the coins. In Japan, the citizens call the Japanese yen "Okane" which basically just means "money."

The yen's currency code is JPY. The symbol used to represent the yen is ¥, which is also the symbol used by the Chinese yuan. 


Japanese yen banknotes

The Japanese yen has denominations of ¥1,000, ¥2,000, ¥5,000, and ¥10,000. Many people do not know the 5,000 yen banknote features Ōgata Kōrin's painting, “The Kakitsubata Flowers”. You can see all the old and new banknotes at The Currency Museum Bank of Japan. Travel tip - entry is free to anyone!


The yen's security features

Japan's currency is one of the most difficult currencies to counterfeit. The bills feature many anti-counterfeit measures including watermarks, holograms, and intaglio ink, which raises the print of the bills to the touch. It would be hard to print or scan a similar one.

The bills even use luminescent ink, which makes the banknotes glow under ultraviolet light!


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