The Japanese Yen is the third most traded currency after the USD and the Euro in the world. It is a strong currency thanks to the exports and manufacturing sectors in the nation. However, do you know that the Japanese Yen is very difficult to counterfeit? In fact, it is one of the most secure currencies in the globe when it comes to security and value.
Kavan Choksi– The Japanese is one of the most secure currencies in the world
Business expert Kavan Choksi is a widely respected professional with valuable knowledge in financial management, stock market investments, and cryptocurrencies. According to him, it is practically impossible to counterfeit the Japanese Yen due to its advanced security features. Some of its extraordinary security features are a watermark, an ultra-fine line print, luminescent ink, and microprinting. Both the coins and the currency notes of the Japanese Yen are hard to replicate outside any official channel.
The unique watermarks of the Yen currency bills in Japan
When you hold the banknote to the light, the vertical watermark bars that are generally three in number except for two bars in the 5000 Yen currency bill and one for the 1000 Yen currency bill, become visible. This is a unique security feature in the Japanese Yen, unlike traditional watermarks, which are hard to reproduce with any color copier or a personal computer.
You will also come across a latent image when you look at the banknote from a specific angle—the number 10000 surfaces on the bottom left of the note’s front side. You can see the word NIPPON which means Japan in the local language, appears no the top right side of the note’s back side.
The pearl ink of the note
When you look at the Yen currency notes from various angles, there is a printed pattern semi-transparent in nature with ink that is a pink pearl in a color that surfaces in the blank spaces on the left and right note margins in its front. The 10000 Yen note has a unique microprinting feature with the words NIPPON GINKO which means Bank of Japan, in micro letters. You will also find micro letter prints of various sizes in the currency note’s background design.
Glows under an ultraviolet light
The seal of the Governor on the front of the note glows in orange under UV light, and some parts of the pattern in the background display a yellowish-green fluorescent light. According to Kavan Choksi, another unique feature you find in the Yen currency notes is the presence of Intaglio printing. It refers to raised printing for selected areas of the note’s design.
There are some currency notes where this ink is raised higher than the ink printed on the older series of currency notes. This is why the directives issued by the Bank of Japan feel rough when you touch them. This raised printing on the currency bills have the goal of assisting the blind to detect the value of the note by touch, so it acts more like a symbol for recognition.
The Governor’s seal glows orange on the front side when placed under ultraviolet light. Whereas some portion of the background pattern glows fluoresce yellowish-green.