Summary of Nagasaki Prefecture
Capital City: Nagasaki
Population in 2014 (thousands): 1,385
Area (square km): 4,132
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Oura Cathedral and Camellias)
Oura Cathedral: This Western-style building, constructed in 1864, is the oldest extant church building in Japan, and has been designated as a National Treasure. It is also the historical site where the existence of hidden Christians (kirishitan), members of a community that had secretly practiced its faith throughout the approximately 250-year period from the 16th century to the mid-19th century when Christianity was strictly prohibited, was rediscovered when they confessed their faith, an event regarded as miraculous in the history of world religions. It is one of the sites comprising the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki, which were proposed for inclusion on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 2015.
Camellias: The official flower of Nagasaki Prefecture, camellias are familiar to many as the prefectural symbol. Wild Japanese camellias (Camellia japonica) are widespread in the Goto Islands in particular, and they are one of the leading sources for camellia oil production in Japan.
500 yen bi–color clad coin
(Obverse design: Oura Cathedral and Stained Glass)
Stained Glass: Stained glass from one of the high windows to the side of the High Altar of Oura Cathedral. Within the top of the window frame is a large circular window similar to a rose window, below which are two linked pointed arches that are almost the same shape as the whole window itself. These are subdivided by small strips, into which different colors of glass are fitted.
Coin Sets containing Nagasaki 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”
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin “2015 Seven-Coin Set” (Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Fukuoka, Wakayama, Osaka, Nagasaki, and Chiba)