Japanese Coins

Pictured here are two Japanese coins, a 100 yen coin (year Showa 63, or 1988) and a 500 yen coin (year Heisei 15, or 2003).

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two Japanese coins

Coin Watermark

Notice on the 500 yen coin that you can see a faint rendering of "500" in each of the zeros. These are not generally visible unless you hold the coin at an angle.