The Finance Ministry announced that Japan will begin issuing the newly redesigned 500 yen coin in November. The original April release date was postponed due delayed updates to ticket and automated teller machines, caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The new 500 yen coins feature two colors to prevent counterfeiting and are the first redesign since 2000. Around 200 million new coins will be minted this year. The five billion coins currently in circulation will still be usable.