Summary of Miyagi Prefecture
Capital City: Sendai
Population in 2010 (thousands): 2,348
Area (square km): 6,862
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: DATE Masamune and Keichō Embassy to Europe)
DATE Masamune (A.D. 1567-1636): DATE Masamune is a samurai lord, who governed the wide range of Tohoku (Northeast) Area in Japan, and later reigned as the first lord of the Sendai Domain, which mainly consisted of present-day Miyagi Prefecture, in the Edo period (1603-1868). His statue designed on the obverse is placed on the site of the main keep of Sendai Castle, which was built by him on a mountain known as a natural fortress.
Keichō Embassy to Europe: Keichō Embassy was a delegation which was dispatched by DATE Masamune to the King of Spain and the Pope in Rome, in search for the possibility of a direct trade with Mexico, in exchange for permitting Christian missions in his domain, in 1613. HASEKURA Tsunenaga, who had been chosen as the envoy, embarked and made the journey across the Pacific Ocean on the first Japanese-built Western-style sailing ship "San Juan Bautista", accompanied by a missionary, Luis Sotelo. Finally, he met with the Spanish King Philip III and the Pope Paul V, and came back to Japan seven years later in 1620.
500 yen bi–color clad coin
(Obverse design: Sendai Tanabata Festival)
Sendai Tanabata Festival is a big summer event held in Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture. It is famous for unique decorations, such as streamers which are made of bamboos and Japanese papers, marionettes, and etc. More than 1,500 bamboo decorations overarch the shopping arcade during the festival. It is said to be one of the three great festivals in Tohoku Area, together with Aomori Nebuta and Akita Kantō Festivals. It is held for three days from August 6th to 8th every year.
Coin Sets contain Miyagi Coin
1000 yen silver proof coin, "simple version"
1000 yen silver proof with five 80 yen stamps, "deluxe version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Proof Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin with five 80 yen stamps, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin 7 Prefectures (Miyagi, Hiroshima, Gunma, Okayama, Shizuoka, Yamanashi and Kagoshima) Set, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"