10 Sen

10 Sen -  obverse10 Sen -  reverse

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Features

Country Japan
Issuing entity Great Japanese Government - Ministry of Finance
Emperor Meiji (1867-1912)
Type Standard banknote
Year 1872
Value 10 Sen (0.1 JPY)
Currency Yen (1871-date)
Composition Paper
Size 87 × 53 mm
Shape Rectangular
Demonetized 06-30-1887
Number N# 217773
Numista (https://numista.com)
References P# 1,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA.
And 2 more volumes.
JNDA# 11-9
Japan Numismatic Dealers Association (editor); 2020. 日本貨幣カタログ = The Catalog of Japanese Currency. Self-published, Tokyo, Japan.

Series: Meiji Tsūhō

Obverse

Black on pink underprint.
Vertical symmetrical design; two facing phoenix and dragons flanking Japanese text; green Ministry of Finance seal at top left.

Lettering:
十        十
 省蔵大府政本日大

    十
    錢

    明
    治
    通
    宝
十        十

Translation:
Ten (x2)
Great Japanese Government Ministry of Finance
Ten sen
Currency of Meiji
Ten (x2)

Engraver: Edoardo Chiossone

Designer: Edoardo Chiossone

Reverse

Vertical symmetrical design, Green color, Ministry of Finance seal in red and blue

Lettering:
三〇六四  二らま
番       号
    十
      政大
      府日
      内本
      蔵帝
      卿國
    十
番       号
三〇六四  二らま

Translation:
Number
Ten
Finance Minister of the Imperial Government of Japan
Ten
Number

Engraver: Edoardo Chiossone

Designer: Edoardo Chiossone

Comments

Meiji Tsūhō are the first Japanese banknote made with Western printing technology were planned to be issued with the aim of reforming the monetary system and the substantial effect of the abolition of the feudal clans. They feature an elaborate design that was difficult to forge at the beginning as counterfeiting was previously rampant with clan notes.
All arrivals from Germany were purposely left incomplete due to security reasons, the words "Meiji Tsūhō" and the seal of the Minister of Finance were added by the Imperial Printing Bureau first by hand and later by woodblock printing. Eventually enough Western technology was brought over to Japan as the Japanese government produced some notes domestically.

Start of issue: 15th February Meiji 5 (1872)
Printers:
Dondorf and Naumann, Frankfurt, Germany [72,026,143 notes]
Imperial Printing Bureau of Japan [54,621,137 notes]

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Date No. printed VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1872)  126 647 280

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