Summary of Fukuoka Prefecture
Capital City: Fukuoka
Population in 2014 (thousands): 5,092
Area (square km): 4,986
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Okinoshima Island, Munakata Taisha Grand Shrine, and a Gold Ring )
Okinoshima Island: This is a solitary island remotely located in the Sea of Genkai, where national rituals were performed between the late 4th century to the end of the 9th century to pray for the success of diplomacy and safety of navigation. Called the “Shoso-in (Treasure House) of the Sea,” this island is home to 22 ancient ritual sites that are well preserved. Here, about 80,000 artifacts, which had been used as ritual offerings, were unearthed, and all were designated as National Treasures.
Munakata Taisha Grand Shrine: Munakata Taisha Grand Shrine is a combination of three Shinto shrines: Okitsu-miya Shrine on Okinoshima Island, Nakatsu-miya Shrine on Oshima Island and Hetsu-miya Shrine on Tashima. These shrines are devoted to three goddesses who were believed to protect the sea route to the Korean peninsula. The main hall and worship hall of Hetsu-miya Shrine are National Treasures.
A Gold Ring: This is one of the artifacts unearthed on Okinoshima Island. Similar rings were discovered in the royal tombs of Silla in Gyeongju, Korea, which implies that this ring was brought from the Silla Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period of Korea. The ring was designated as a National Treasure in 1962.
500 yen bi–color clad coin
(Obverse design: Kyushu National Museum ,Taikobashi Bridge at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, and Plum Blossom)
Kyushu National Museum: This museum was opened in October 2005 as the fourth national museum of Japan. Located in Dazaifu in Kyushu, a historical city that was called “another imperial court distant from the capital,” the museum presents exhibitions on the history of cultural exchanges between Japan and the rest of Asia under the theme, “Sea Road, Asian Route.”
Taikobashi Bridge at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine: This bridge spans Shinji Pond and consists of three sections. The first arched section, Taikobashi bridge, represents the past; the flat central section, Hirabashi bridge, the present; and the second arched section, another Taikobashi bridge, the future.
Plum Blossom: Plum blossom is the prefectural flower of Fukuoka. Especially famous is the plum tree called tobiume, literally meaning “flying plum tree,” which, according to a legend, flew from Kyoto to Dazaifu overnight to follow Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar, poet and politician who was unjustly banished from Kyoto to Dazaifu.
Coin Sets containing Fukuoka Coins
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”