Taiwanese yen

The Taiwanese yen (Japanese: , Hepburn: en) was the currency of Japanese Taiwan from 1895 to 1946. It was on a par with and circulated alongside the Japanese yen. The yen was subdivided into 100 sen (). It was replaced by the Old Taiwan dollar in 1946, which in turn was replaced by the New Taiwan dollar in 1949.

Taiwanese yen
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1 yen banknote
1100sen ()
Date of introduction1895
Date of withdrawal1946
Replaced byOld Taiwan dollar
User(s) Taiwan
Central bankBank of Taiwan
Value1 yen = TW$1
This infobox shows the latest status before this currency was rendered obsolete.


1904 one-yen banknote

In 1895, as a result of the First Sino-Japanese War, Qing China ceded Taiwan to Japan in the Treaty of Shimonoseki. The Japanese yen then became the currency of Taiwan, with distinct banknotes denominated in yen issued by the Bank of Taiwan from 1898. Only banknotes and stamp currency were issued.

In 1945, after Japan was defeated in World War II, the Republic of China assumed the administration of Taiwan, took over the Bank of Taiwan within a year, and introduced the Old Taiwan dollar, which replaced the yen at par.


1932 ten-yen banknote

In 1899, the Bank of Taiwan introduced 1 and 5 yen notes, followed by 50 yen notes in 1900 and 10 yen in 1901. 100 yen notes were introduced in 1937 and 1000 yen in 1945. The last notes issued were dated 1945.

Stamp currencyEdit

In 1917, stamp currency was issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen. 1, 3 and 5 sen stamp currency was issued in 1918. These issues consisted of postage stamps of the appropriate denomination fixed to forms called tokubetsu yubin kitte daishi ("special postage stamp cards").

See alsoEdit


  • Pick, Albert (1994). Standard Catalog of World Paper Money: General Issues. Colin R. Bruce II and Neil Shafer (editors) (7th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-207-9.

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Preceded by:
Coinages and paper money of the Qing dynasty
Reason: Taiwan ceded to Empire of Japan
Currency of Taiwan of Empire of Japan
1899 – 1946
Note: introduced at 1 Taiwanese yen = 1 Japanese yen
Succeeded by:
Old Taiwan dollar
Reason: Administration of Taiwan transferred to Republic of China
Ratio: at par