Summary of Yamagata Prefecture
Capital City: Yamagata
Population in 2012 (thousands): 1,151
Area (square km): 9,323
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Mogami River and cherries)
Mogami River: Mogami River is a first-grade river with a total length of 229 km. During the Edo Period (1603-1868), main products of the inland area of Yamagata prefecture, such as rice, safflower and etc., were transported by this waterway to the mouth of the river, namely, the port of Sakataminato, and then shipped from there to Kyoto or Osaka via the sea route. In this way, the river has greatly contributed to the daily life and culture of the residents of the prefecture since long time ago. It is also known as one of the rapidest rivers in Japan. "Samidare-wo, atsumete-hayashi, Mogami-gawa (Gathering the rains of May, Mogami River flows rapidly)," a famous haiku (Japanese seventeen-syllable poem) made by MATSUO Bashō, also refers to the rapidness of the river’s flow.
Cherries: A kind of cherry, known as Sakuranbo cherry, is a fruit of Mizakura, a cherry tree which belongs to the genus Prunus and the family Rosaceae. At present, about 70 percent of the gross production of the Sakuranbo cherry in Japan (about 13,200 tons, according to statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 2012) is produced in Yamagata Prefecture. Satōnishiki, a breed of the Sakuranbo cherry, whose production volume in Japan is the largest of all the cherries, was produced by breeding in Yamagata Prefecture. In addition, Mizakura cherry tree is designated as a tree of the prefecture.
500 yen bi–color clad coin
(Obverse design: Jōmon-no-Megami (prehistoric goddess figure))
Jōmon-no-Megami (prehistoric goddess figure): Jōmon-no-Megami, or the prehistric goddess figure, is the largest Dogū, a clay figure, in Japan (45 cm in height), which was excavated from the Nishi-no-mae archaeological site in the Yamagata Prefecture in 1992. It is said to have been made about 4,500 years ago in the Middle Jōmon Period, a prehistoric era in Japan. It is a standing statue with a well-proportioned body, and is called the "Jōmon-no-Megami (prehistoric goddess figure)" because of its beautiful appearance. It was designated as a National Treasure of Japan in 2012, and is housed in the Yamagata Prefectural Museum.
Coin Sets contain Yamagata 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"