Special Features of the New Series of Bank of Japan Notes
Learn about the security features and universal design of the new series of Bank of Japan notes that will be first issued on July 3, 2024.
1. Security Features
*The security features below are also incorporated in the 5,000 yen and 1,000 yen notes.
(1) Intaglio printing
Raised print feels rough to the touch.
• Numerals indicating face value
• Tactile marks
(2) High-definition watermarks
High-definition watermark patterns are added to the background of the portrait watermark.
Vertical watermark bars are embedded in the notes. The number of bars differs by denomination.
The 3-D portraits rotate when tilted (the first time this is being used in banknotes). Other hologram patterns also change depending on the viewing angle.
(5) Latent image
Numerals of the face value or the word "NIPPON" appear on the front or back of the note when tilted.
(6) Pearl ink
A pink, pearly pattern appears in the blank areas of the left and right margins of the note when tilted.
Using a magnifying glass reveals "NIPPONGINKO" printed in micro letters that cannot be reproduced by copy machines.
(8) Luminescent ink
The Governor's seal and some parts of the background pattern fluoresce under ultraviolet light.
2. Universal Design
(1) Tactile marks
Tactile marks help to identify the denomination by touch. To further facilitate identification, the new Bank of Japan notes have marks comprising eleven diagonal lines of the same shape and size in different positions, depending on the denomination.
(2) Enlarged numerals indicating face value
To enable easier identification of the denomination, the new Bank of Japan notes have enlarged Arabic numerals indicating the face value on the front and back of the notes.
(3) Shape and position of holograms and watermarks
To help to identify the denomination, the holograms and watermarks are different shapes and in different positions, depending on the denomination.