The coins in recent circulation are mostly from the period of Emperor Hirohito (“Showa era” – 1926 to 1989) and Emperor Akhito (“Heisei era” – 1989 onwards).
(The following coins have been brought for my collection by Jayant Biswas who recently visited Japan and made it a point to collect the entire series presently in circulation for me).
Obverse of a one yen coin shows a young tree, Country name and denomination of the coin.
Reverse of a one yen coin shows the denomination of the coin and the year of the present Emperor’s reign from which the year of minting can be calculated.
. It is a temple of both the “Jodo-shu” (Pure Land) and “Tendai-shu” sects. It dates back to being originally built as a Villa in 998 (Heian Period) and was later converted to a Buddhist temple in 1052. The most famous building in the temple is the Phoenix Hall (“Hoo-do”) or the “Amida Hall” which was constructed in 1053 and is represented on this coin and the image of the Phoenix inside the Phoenix Hall is represented on the 10000 yen Banknote, given under the Currency/Banknotes section of this Post).
Reverse of a 10 yen coin shows an evergreen tree branches, denomination of the coin and year of the Emperor’s reign.
Reverse of a 50 yen coin shows the denomination of the coin and the year of the Emperor’s reign.
Reverse of a 500 yen coin minted in the Series issued from 1982 till 2000, shows the denomination of the coin, “Bamboo” and “Mandarin Orange”. (The “Mandarin Orange” is a small citrus tree with fruits resembling oranges. Mandarin Oranges are considered to be traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune. In India, Mandarins are used in “Ayurveda” – the traditional medicine of India).
Reverse of a 500 yen coin minted in the Series started in 2000. It also, shows a “bamboo”, “Mandarin Orange” and the denomination of the coin with a latent image as an additional security feature.
(The following Banknotes are from the collection of Jayant Biswas).
(EURion constellation features):
(The original painting of "Ogata Korin" titled the
“Kakitsubata – zu”).
The males are called “Feng” and females are called “Huang”. The birds are commonly depicted as attacking snakes with its talons and its wings spread.
Traditionally, it is a belief that the Bird has five colours in its feathers blue, black, red, white and yellow and it appears only at places that have the utmost peace, prosperity and happiness – a connotation, that a person who has achieved peace within himself is now one with the Universe.