Japan 47 Prefectures Coin Program

To mark the 60th Anniversary of Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law, we launched "Japan 47 Prefectures Coin Program" in 2008. In this program, we will have issued a silver coin and bi-color clad coins for each of 47 prefectures in Japan until 2016. The obverse of both coins carry designs featuring each prefecture's representative scenery, history, industry, famous figures, and so on, while, the reverse designs are all the same except the inscription of the issue year.

Specifications
Silver Proof Coin

Image of reverse design of 1,000 yen

Composition: Pure Silver
Face Value: 1,000 Yen
Weight: 31.1 grams
Diameter: 40.0 mm
Edge: Helical Ridges
Finish: Proof / Color Printing
Mintage: 100,000 /each prefecture
Common Reverse Design:
- Snow Crystals, Moon and Cherry Blossoms
- Latent image technology is applied to the center of the largest snow crystal to make letters of “47″ representing the number of prefectures in Japan, and “60″ representing the 60th Anniversary of Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law appear alternately when viewed from different angles.
Bicolor Clad Coin

Image of reverse design of 500 yen

Composition: Copper 75 %, Zinc 12.5 %, Nickel 12.5%
Face Value: 500 Yen
Weight: 7.1 grams
Diameter: 26.5 mm
Edge: Helical Ridges with two different pitches
Finish: Circulated or Brilliant Uncirculated or Proof
Mintage: Variable (around 1.8 million /each prefecture
Common Reverse Design:
- Shape of Japanese old coin - Kanji letters meaning “local autonomy”
- Latent image technology is applied to the center of the shape of Japanese old coin to make letters of “47″ representing the number of prefectures in Japan, and “60″ representing the 60th Anniversary of Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law appear alternately when viewed from different angles.

Through this program, we hope you have interest not only in our coins but also in Japanese own history, nature, culture, and others.

Issue List

2008 (Heisei 20)
1st. HokkaidoImage of Hokkaido-logo
2nd. KyotoImage of Kyoto-logo
3rd. ShimaneImage of Shimane-logo

2009 (Heisei 21)
4th. NaganoImage of Nagano-logo
5th. NiigataImage of Niigata-logo
6th. IbarakiImage of Ibaraki-logo
7th. NaraImage of Nara-logo

2010 (Heisei 22)
8th. KochiImage of Kochi-logo
9th. GifuImage of Gifu-logo
10th. FukuiImage of Fukui-logo
11th. AichiImage of Aichi-logo
12th. AomoriImage of Aomori-logo
13th. SagaImage of Saga-logo

2011 (Heisei 23)
14th. ToyamaImage of Toyama-logo
15th. TottoriImage of Tottori-logo
16th. KumamotoImage of Kumamoto-logo
17th. ShigaImage of Shiga-logo
18th. IwateImage of Iwate-logo
19th. AkitaImage of Akita-logo

2012 (Heisei 24)
20th. OkinawaImage of Okinawa-logo
21st. KanagawaImage of Kanagawa-logo
22nd. MiyazakiImage of Miyazaki-logo
23rd. TochigiImage of Tochigi-logo
24th. OitaImage of Oita-logo
25th. HyogoImage of Hyogo-logo

2013 (Heisei 25)
26th. MiyagiImage of Miyagi-logo
27th. HiroshimaImage of Hiroshima-logo
28th. GunmaImage of Gunma-logo
29th. OkayamaImage of Okayama-logo
30th. ShizuokaImage of Shizuoka-logo
31st. YamanashiImage of Yamanashi-logo
32nd. KagoshimaImage of Kagoshima-logo

2014 (Heisei 26)
33rd. EhimeImage of Ehime-logo
34th. YamagataImage of Yamagata-logo
35th. MieImage of Mie-logo
SaitamaImage of Saitama-logo
IshikawaImage of Ishikawa-logo
KagawaImage of Kagawa-logo

2015 (Heisei 27)
YamaguchiImage of Yamaguchi-logo
TokushimaImage of Tokushima-logo
FukuokaImage of Fukuoka-logo

Dealers working on this program

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