Summary of Osaka Prefecture
Capital City: Osaka
Population in 2014 (thousands): 8,850
Area (square km): 1,904
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Osaka Castle and Bunraku Puppet)
Osaka Castle: Located in central Osaka Prefecture, this symbol of Osaka welcomes 1.55 million visitors yearly (2013 figures). One of Japan’s three most famous castles, the donjon was reconstructed in 1931 and was designated as a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property in 1997.
Bunraku Puppet: Originally known as ningyo joruri and one of Japan’s best-known traditional arts, bunraku puppet theater is an art form that integrates three elements: tayu (narration), shamisen (a three-stringed instrument), and ningyo (puppets). It was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008.
500 yen bi–color clad coin
(Obverse design: Burial Mound of Emperor Nintoku)
Burial Mound of Emperor Nintoku: Japan’s largest keyhole mound, part of the Mozu-kofungun cluster of tumuli in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, was constructed between the late fourth and fifth centuries and is believed to be the tomb of Emperor Nintoku. The mound itself measures 486 m in length, and when the triple moat surrounding the mound is included the total length comes to 840 m; it is thus one of the largest graves in the world, ranking alongside the Egyptian pyramids and the mausoleum of the first Qin emperor in China. The Mozu-kofungun, along with the Furuichi-kofungun cluster of tumuli that extends into Habikino and Fujiidera to the east of Sakai, were added to the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2010.
Coin Sets containing Osaka 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)