Summary of Mie Prefecture
Capital City: Tsu
Population in 2012 (thousands): 1,839
Area (square km): 5,777
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Isuzu River and Uji Bridge of Ise Grand Shrine)
Isuzu River: Isuzu River is a fresh river which lies in the west end of Ise Grand Shrine or Ise Jingū Shrine (inner main sanctuary called Naikū). It has been written about in various waka, a type of classical poetry in Japan, since long time ago. It is located in Ise- Shima National Park, a designated area based on the Natural Parks Law in 1946. The surrounding area of this river is one of the representative scenic spots in the park.
Uji Bridge of Ise Grand Shrine: Uji Bridge is a wooden bridge built across Isuzu River, located in an entrance of the approach to Naikū of Ise Grand Shrine. It is reconstructed every twenty years in advance of the Shikinen Sengū Ceremony (a ceremony held in Ise Grand Shrine every twenty years, in which all of the buildings of Naikū are reconstructed, and the object of worship is transferred to one of the new buildings).
500 yen bi–color clad coin
(Obverse design: Kumano Kodō Iseji (the ancient pilgrimage route from Ise to Kumano))
Kumano Kodō Iseji (the ancient pilgrimage route from Ise to Kumano): Kumano Kodō Iseji is a pilgrimage route since Heian Period (8th to 12th century) from Ise to the three Kumano Sanzan shrines (Kumano Hongū Grand Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine and Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine). It is said that this route was very crowded with pilgrims, who wanted to go to Kumano after visiting Ise Grand Shrine, during Edo period (17th to 19th century). In 2004, it was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage as a part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range", which consisted of the three sacred sites (Kumano Sanzan, Yoshino and Omine, and Kōyasan) and pilgrimage routes connecting them with each other.
Coin Sets contain Mie 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"