One of the annual highlights in Japan is the beginning of spring, when the cherry trees blossom. The Japan Mint had to close one of the country’s most magnificent cherry tree avenues because of the corona crisis, but this is where modern technology comes into play...
Many collectors of Far Eastern coinage know how difficult the terminology of their field of interest is – if you do not speak all those languages. At least Spanish speakers have a new help at hand: Professor Santiago Blanco’s “Glosario numismático de Extremo Oriente”.
As Japan welcomed a new Emperor and a new Imperial era on May 1st, 2019, the country’s currency will reflect this change from 2021 on. 3D holograms on banknotes and the coins’ bi-metallic composition are just a few of the numerous updates we can expect.
Some people suffer from a pathological urge to swallow coins. A man from Japan recently set a sad record: doctors removed 8 kilos of coins from his stomach. The injuries caused by this diet vary depending, among other things, on the coins’ material.