Summary of Ehime Prefecture
Capital City: Matsuyama
Population in 2012 (thousands): 1,415
Area (square km): 5,679
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Dōgo Hot Spring main building and mikan oranges)
Dōgo Hot Spring main building: Dōgo Hot Spring, also known as Dōgo Onsen, is said to have more than three thousand years of history, and is known nationwide as the oldest hot spring in Japan. The Dōgo Hot Spring main building, a symbol of the hot spring area, is a public bath built in 1894, and was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan in 1994, on occasion of the 100th anniversary of its construction. It is also known that this building appeared in "Botchan," a novel written by one of the greatest novelists in Japan, NATSUME Sōseki.
Mikan oranges: Ehime Prefecture is known as one of the major production areas of mikan oranges or formally Citrus unshiu, in Japan. Ehime's production volume of the whole citrus fruits, including mikan oranges, amounts to about 220 thousand tons per year, which is the largest of all the prefectures in Japan. In addition, a blossom of the mikan orange is designated as a blossom of the prefecture.
500 yen bi–color clad coin
(Obverse design: Setouchi Shimanami Kaidō Expressway and the islands of Ehime)
Setouchi Shimanami Kaidō Expressway: Setouchi Shimanami Kaidō Expressway is one of the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway, that connects Imabari City of Ehime with Onomichi City of the neighboring prefecture Hiroshima over Seto Inland Sea. It was thoroughly opened to traffic in 1999, and has the roads for cyclists and pedestrians as well as the motorway.
The islands of Ehime: Floating in Seto Inland Sea, they are included in the Setonaikai National Park. The area was designated as one of Japan's first national parks in 1934.
Coin Sets contain Ehime Coin
1000 yen silver proof coin, "simple version"
1000 yen silver proof with five 82 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 82 yen stamps, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"