Summary of Iwate Prefecture
Capital City: Morioka
Population in 2010 (thousands): 1,331
Area (square km): 15,279
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Chûson-ji Konjikidô (Golden Hall), Chûson-ji Lotus and Pure Land Garden of Môtsû-ji)
Iwate commemorative coin focuses on the Hiraizumi cultural heritage newly inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage in this June, and now, the cultural heritage is regarded as a symbol of restoration of Iwate prefecture from the damages by the earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11, 2011.
The Konjiki-do Golden Hall was a constructed by Fujiwara no Kiyohira, the founder of a noble family called Oshu Fujiwara in the 12th century. Apart from the roof, it is covered with gold leaf both inside and out. In the hall, the four bodies are placed: Kiyohira, the first Oshu Fujiwara lord, his son, Motohira, Motohira’ s son, Hidehira and Hidehira’ s son, Yasuhira. Chuson-ji lotus was grown up from seeds 800 hundred years ago, which were remained in the Konjiki-do Golden Hall. Pure Land Garden of Motsu-ji temple was constructed by the second and third lords of Oshu Fujiwara clan.
500 yen bi-color clad coin
(Obverse design: Chûson-ji Konjikidô Shin "Ôidô" (Sheath Structure) and "Gokusui no En" (Water Poetry Party) at Môtsû-ji)
Shin Ôidô, is a sheath structure for the Konjiki-do Golden Hall. Gokusui no En is a poetry party held by poets wearing traditional Japanese kimono costumes at Pure Land Garden of Motsu-ji temple every May.
Coin Sets contain Iwate 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 6 Prefectures (Toyama, Tottori, Kumamoto, Shiga, Iwate and Akita) Set, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"