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Series A 5 sen Bank of Japan note - front Series A 5 sen Bank of Japan note - back

Banknote from 1948

General information
Country

Merchant flag of Japan (1870) Empire of Japan

Value

¥0.005

Years
Specifications
Width
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  • 100 mm (1944)
  • 94 mm (1948)
Height

48 mm

Security features

watermark (1944)

Appearance
Color

orange

Obverse
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Reverse
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The 5 sen banknote was printed by the Empire of Japan in 1944 and 1948. With a face value equal to 0.005 yen, it is the lowest denominated banknote ever printed by Japan.

HistoryEdit

1944 note
Series Yi 5 Sen Bank of Japan note - front Series Yi 5 Sen Bank of Japan note - back
Obverse Reverse

The first 5 sen note was printed in 1944 to reduce the minting of coins due to Japan's involvement in World War II. It was predominantly orange in color, and measured 100 millimeters in width by 48 millimeters in height. Depicted on the obverse was the Statue of Kusunoki Masashige outside the Tokyo Imperial Palace. On the reverse was the Paulownia Crest and the value. For security, a watermark was implemented.

In 1948, a second 5 sen banknote (see above) was printed. It was predominantly orange in color, and measured 94 millimeters in width by 48 millimeters in height, having been the smallest sized banknote ever printed by Japan. Shown on the obverse was a plum (Prunus mume) branch. Displayed on the reverse was the value with geometric patterns. Unlike the previous note, a watermark was not added. These banknotes were officially suspended and expired on December 31, 1953.

ReferencesEdit

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Japanese yen
Banknotes 5s10s50s¥1¥5¥10¥50¥100¥500¥1000¥2000¥5000¥10,000
Coins 1r5r1s2 s5s10s20 s50s¥1¥2¥5¥10¥20¥50¥100¥500¥1000¥100,000
Miscellaneous Bank of JapanJapan MintNational Printing Bureau

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