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14. What plants are depicted on the Japanese regular coins? What is the general meaning of coin designs?

Currently we produce 6 kinds of regular coins from 1 yen to 500 yen coins.

Their designs
Denomination Design
1 yen aluminum coin "young plant"
5 yen brass coin "rice plant and young leaves"
10 yen bronze coin "ever-green tree”,”Byodo-in Temple"
50 yen cupro-nickel coin "chrysanthemum"
100 yen cupro-nickel coin "cherry blossoms"
500 yen nickel-brass coin "paulownia, bamboo and mandarin orange (wild orange)"

The designs generally represent typical Japanese culture and everyday life in harmony with the nature such as plants (chrysanthemum, cherry blossoms and paulownia flowers).
Furthermore, they signify good old Japanese life based on rice planting and cropping (land of rice).
Natural beauty such as Mt.Fuji and cultural properties such as famous temples and shrines are also depicted.