Japan 1000 Yen note (日本銀行券 千円)

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by ewomack, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. ewomack

    ewomack Senior Member Supporter

    For anyone interested in Japanese banknotes, here is the most common modern circulating note with rough translations, the 1000 Yen (worth approximately $9.14 US). It has incredible anti-counterfeit devices all over it, some of which can't be shown through regular photography. I show the most obvious visible ones here.

    1000Yen_01.png 1000Yen_02.png

    日本銀行券 (Nipponginkōken) - Bank of Japan banknote
    千円 (sen'en) - 1000 Yen
    日本銀行 (Nipponginkō) - Bank of Japan
    野口英世 Noguchi Hideyo - rather than a politician, the note features a bacteriologist
    国立印刷局製造 (Kokuritsu insatsu-kyoku seizō) - Manufactured by the National Bureau of Printing - this is very tiny printing on front bottom center

    The watermark is gorgeous and extremely detailed.

    Tilting one section one way reveals a "千円."

    Tilting it another way reveals "1000."

    The side of the note contains a single translucent line. Other denominations show 2 or 3 lines.

    The bill also has raised ink so the visually impaired can differentiate between denominations. On the 1000 Yen the small black lines on bottom left and right have texture. The stylized seal in the middle also glows a certain way under UV light and the note contains numerous microscopic and hidden characters. As such, counterfeit Japanese notes make up a tiny fraction of currency in circulation.

    The note does not display a year. Others may know more about this, but the years apparently differ by the color of the serial numbers. I think this one is blue or 2019, but correct me if I'm wrong.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2019
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  3. mpcusa

    mpcusa "Official C.T. TROLL SWEEPER"

    Great Condition ;)
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  4. SteveInTampa

    SteveInTampa Always Learning

    I’m guessing it’s traditional security paper and not a polymer note ?
  5. gxseries

    gxseries Coin Collector

    I believe the paper alone is worthwhile a mention - if I recall correctly it is a blend of hemp unlike most other world banknotes which are often printed on cotton / linen blend.
  6. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    Must be a recent note.
    When I was in Japan in 1965 1000 Yen was not worth approximately $9.14 US.
    It would have been worth approximately $2.78 US.
  7. ewomack

    ewomack Senior Member Supporter

    Yes, the paper is special, but I don't know a lot about its composition. It looks like it's made from "mitsumata" also called "Edgeworthia papyrifera" or "Oriental paperbush" and "abaca pulp." People apparently also use this for making washi paper. The bill has a stiff and durable papery, fibery feel in hand and does not have any of the plastic feel of polymer.

    Yes, I believe the note pictured is extremely recent, possibly even from 2019. As said above, it doesn't display an explicit date and I think the color of the serial number determines the year. From further research since I posted above, this one looks like a "Series-E," which began circulating in 2004. Given that, it also looks like the serial numbers on Series-E 1000 Yen notes changed from black to brown in 2011 and then to navy blue in March, 2019. I think the note I have has a navy blue serial, but I'd have to compare it to one with a black serial number to be sure.

    As for the value of $9.14 US, that comes directly from foreign exchange calculations on the Internet. I'm sure that in 1965 the value was much less since the Yen has, from what I can tell, generally increased in value against the dollar throughout the last 50 years. According to an online exchange calculator, as of this moment, 1 Yen equals $0.0091 US.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2019
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  8. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    In 1965 it was 360 ¥ to the dollar.
  9. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Nowadays it's like 100 yen. My dad often calls the Dollar Store the 100 Yen Store
  10. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Is your dad Japanese?
  11. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    No, but lived there for a while!
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