Summary of Oita Prefecture
Capital City: Ōita
Population in 2011 (thousands): 1,186
Area (square km): 6,339
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design:Usa Shrine and Futabayama)
Usa Shrine:Usa shrine is the head of Hachiman-gūshrines, a series of more than forty thousand shrines in Japan. In 725, the inner shrine, Ichi–no–Goten, was founded in the same place as present. The existing inner shrines were built in the late 19th century, and were designated as National Treasures of Japan in 1952. This year, 2012, is the 60th anniversary from the designation.
Futabayama: Born in Usa, Ōita (1912∼1968). He was the 35th yokozuna, the highest rank in sumō wrestling. He achieved 69 consecutive victories from 1936 to 1939, which has been the record for more than 70 years. In 1946, at the age of 34, he retired and assumed the sumō elder's name of Tokitsukaze as a sumō coach. Later, he became a chairman of the Japan Sumō Association and made a great contribution to the development of sumō world.
500 yen bi–color clad coin
(Obverse design:Usuki Stone Buddha)
Usuki Stone Buddha:Usuki Stone Buddhas are a series of stone sculptures of Buddhas, estimated to be made from late 11th to 12th centuries. In 1995, 59 Stone Buddhas were designated as National Treasures of Japan. All the stone sculptures are classified into four groups, each of which is called "Hoki–Sekibutsu group 1", "Hoki–Sekibutsu group 2","Sannōzan–Sekibutsu" and"Furuzono–Sekibutsu" respectively. "Dainichi–Nyorai (Vairocana Buddha)", an image designed on this coin, belongs to "Furuzono–Sekibutsu " group.
Coin Sets contain Oita 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 6 Prefectures (Okinawa, Kanagawa, Miyazaki, Tochigi, Oita and Hyogo) Set, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"