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5000 yen Front

5,000 yen [front] Portrait: Ichiyo Higuchi
5,000 yen [front] Portrait: Ichiyo Higuchi

Size : 76×156mm

Date of first issue : Nov. 1, 2004


When the banknote is tilted, the color and pattern of the design change.

image of the holograms of a 5,000 yen note


When the banknote is held up to the light, two vertical watermark bars (three bars for the 10,000 yen note, one for the 1,000 yen note) become visible. This feature is more difficult to reproduce with personal computers or color copiers than the traditional watermark.

image of the watermark-bar-pattern of a 5,000 yen note

Latent image

When the banknote is viewed from a certain angle, the number "5000" appears on the center bottom of the front side, and the word "NIPPON" ("Japan" in Japanese) on the right in the middle of the back side.

image of the latent image of a 5,000 yen note

Pearl ink

When viewed from different angles, a semi-transparent pattern printed with pink pearl ink appears in the blank areas of the left and right margins of the front of the note.

image of the pearl ink of a 5,000 yen note


The 5,000 yen note has the words "NIPPON GINKO" ("Bank of Japan" in Japanese) printed in micro letters. Micro letters of different sizes are also included in the background design.

image of the microprinting of a 5,000 yen note

Luminescent ink

The Governor's seal on the front side glows orange under ultraviolet light. Likewise, some parts of the background pattern fluoresce yellowish-green.

image of the luminescent ink of a 5,000 yen note

 Intaglio printing

Raised printing is used for selected parts of the design, where ink is raised even higher than the ink on older series of notes. Bank of Japan notes feel rough to the touch.

age of the intaglio printing of a 5,000 yen note

Tactile marks (intaglio printing)

To assist the visually impaired in detecting the note by touch, a recognition symbol with a rougher texture, printed intaglio, is adopted.

5000 yen Back


5,000 yen [back]\Kakitsubata-zu\(painting of irises) Work of Korin Ogata
5,000 yen [back]\Kakitsubata-zu\(painting of irises) Work of Korin Ogata

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