2013 Cherry Blossom Viewing Proof Coin Set
Since its inception in 1883, the Japan Mint's Cherry Blossom Viewing has enjoyed lasting popularity as one of Osaka's best–loved spring traditions. The Japan Mint is proud to release the 2013 "Cherry Blossom Viewing" Proof Coin Set. The obverse of this silver medal shows the Amanogawa ("Milky Way"), the Blossom of the Year, printed in color, while the reverse depicts Orihime (the Weaver Princess) and Hikoboshi (the Cowherd), the lovers in the Tanabata legend, reaching out to each other across the Milky Way. Latent image technology is used for the Milky Way and the frosting finish (nashiji) processing technique* for Orihime and Hikoboshi. The obverse of the cover case is illustrated with Amanogawa cherry blossom, and the reverse and the leather case with Orihime and Hikoboshi reaching out to each other across the Milky Way. The obverse of the coin holder shows Amanogawa cherry blossom, and the reverse the constellations of Lyra and Aquila, which straddle the Milky Way.
*Frosting finish (nashiji) processing technique: A processing technique of engraving a minutely irregular surface, thereby diffusing reflection to obtain a pearskin – like texture.
The coin set includes:
- Six Japanese legal tender coins issued in 2013 in proof condition (a 500 yen nickel-brass proof coin, a 100 yen cupronickel proof coin, a 50 yen cupronickel proof coin, a 10 yen bronze proof coin, a 5 yen brass proof coin and a 1 yen aluminum proof coin),
- A color sterling silver (Ag 92.5%) medal (Diameter: 35mm, Weight: 20g),
- A Certificate of Authenticity (English/Japanese),
- A paper slipcase featuring the Blossom of the Year, “Amanogawa.”
Scheduled Mintage: 20,000 sets
Dealers For 2013 Cherry Blossom Proof Coin Set
For South Korea
Hwadong Co., Ltd.
Bank of Taiwan
For People's Republic of China (including Macao) and Taiwan
For European Countries
Modern Numismatics International