Poster printing

Japan has stopped printing its current yen banknotes, with Mount Fuji the only feature to be retained in the new series

A changing of the yen’s guard for all but Japan’s tallest mountain.

For nearly 40 years, the Japanese have been happy when they see At Yukichi Fukuzawa’s Face. Not necessarily out of personal affection for the esteemed teacher, linguist and entrepreneur, but because since 1984 Fukuzawa has appeared on the 10,000 yen billthe most valuable paper currency in Japan.

Fukuzawa’s stint as a poster/poster boy for monetary gain is, however, coming to an end. Since this month, the Japanese government has stopped printing new Fukuzawa banknotes. This fate is also shared by the other current “E-series” banknotes, the 5,000 yen note featuring author Ichiyo Higuchi and the 1,000 yen note featuring scientist Hideyo Noguchi..

▼ Series E banknotes were introduced in 2004, when Noguchi and Higuchi debuted in yen.

Departure of current group makes way for their replacements on upcoming Series F bills: Economist Eichi Shibusawa (10,000 yen note), educator Umeko Tsuda (5,000 yen) and scientist Shibasaburo Kitazato (1,000 yen).

▼ Preview images of new tickets include red “sample” marks (見本)

The back of the tickets will also change. Currently, they feature the Kyoto Byodoin Temple roof phoenix, irises, and Mount Fuji with sakura cherry blossoms.

Instead, new bills will bear illustrations of Circa 1914 Tokyo Station, wisteria and reproduction of the Great Wave by ukiyo-e artist Hokusai off Kanagawa.

Mount Fuji is still visible on the horizon in Great Wave off Kanagawathus continuing his series of appearances on yen banknotes, which began in 1950.

Of course, just because Japan has stopped printing current design bills doesn’t mean they’re no longer legal tender, and so we’ll be seeing them for some time to come. However, they will become rarer over time, so you might want to put an example of each aside if you’re a collector or a history buff. The new banknotes, meanwhile, are expected to start circulating in the first half of 2024.

Source: Jiji via Yahoo! News from Japan via Jin
E-Series Photos © SoraNews24
Series F Images: Department of Finance
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