Question about number kanji

Quick question! I’ve seen kanji for numbers in banknotes that I haven’t seen anywhere else. It’s usually kanji with a lot more strokes than what I’m used to in numbers. Is it only for banknotes?


They’re also used in legal documents. Basically anywhere where it’s important that the intended number is what’s written, because the common number kanji are easily modified into bigger numbers

I’ve seen them a couple times outside that, but I think that’s mostly where the formal number kanji are used


They are called formal numbers. They actually started in China and most of them aren’t really used anymore, since there’s no easy way to modify a 五 for example into anything else, so doesn’t make much sense


Well with 一 in particular there are forgery concerns. The ones with none I’m sure it’s at least partially for consistency

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