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4 annas
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Merchant flag of Japan (1870) British Burma 1937 flag British Burma under Japanese occupation


4 annas


1942 (2602)

Measurements and composition
  • 16 mm
  • 19 mm
  • 25 mm





Shwedagon Pagoda, sun, state title, year


Wreath, value

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The 4 anna coin is a pattern coin that was produced in 1942 by the Empire of Japan for use in Burma during its occupation in World War II. With a face value of 4 anna, the coin may have had a planned value equivalent to ¼ of a rupee.

The coin is composed of aluminum and measures either 16, 19, or 25 millimeters in diameter. Featured in the center of the obverse is the Shwedagon Pagoda, a famous Buddhist pagoda and stupa located in Rangoon. At the upper left of the coin a partial radiating sun is present, its rays long and notable. "BURMA" is printed along the right rim of the coin, while the Japanese imperial year "2602", corresponding to the Gregorian "1942", is inscribed horizontally underneath the sun and to the left of the pagoda. Printed in the middle of the reverse is the value "4 ANNAS", the numeral and the word written on separate lines and the former being much larger than the latter. This indication of the coin's value is enclosed within a circular border, which is in turn surrounded by a wreath of flowers.


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