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Sample of 10 Yen Bill

A banknote sample attached to a letter of inquiry submitted by Ministry of Finance to Grand Council of State in March,the 16th year ofMeiji( 1883), on issuance of a new 10 Yen Bill designed by Edoardo Chiossone, an Italian employed by the ministry. The face of the banknote depicts Empress Jingu. Circulation of this banknote started on Sept. 9, 1883, and ended on Dec. 31, n the 32nd year of Meiji(1899). "Kobun Fuzoku no Zu" (Picutures and charts affiliated with Kobun Roku ) containing this illustration were designated as National Important Cultural Properties of Japan in the 10th year of Heisei(1998) together with "Kobunroku".(Compiled Records of the Grand Council of State)