"Buying Mittens" Coin Set

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The Japan Mint is pleased to release a coin set under the theme of a children’s story "Buying Mittens" written by NIIMI Nankichi (1913-1943) in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

About "Buying Mittens" and its background
There have been a lot of legends concerning foxes in Japan. Notably, it has been widely believed that foxes have an ability to transform into humans and often trick us by their magical power…

One cold winter day, a little fox was asked by his mother to go to town to buy his mittens. She changed one of his hands into that of a human by her mystic ability, and gave him two cupronickel coins. Arriving at the shop, he said, "Please give me a pair of mittens which is just right for this hand," but he mistakenly showed a "fox" hand through a gap in the door, instead of the other "human" hand. The shopkeeper got surprised and suspicious, but finally realized from the two real cupronickel coins given to him that the fox did not intend to deceive him. This is how the little fox bought mittens from a human.

This story focuses on the subject of love and trust by depicting mother-child relationships and communications between foxes and humans. On the other hand, the author proposes one severe question at the end of the story: while the little fox was happy with the mittens he got, his mother repeatedly said to herself, "Are humans really good?"

The coin set includes:

  • Six Japanese legal tender coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition (a 500 yen nickel-brass coin, a 100 yen cupronickel coin, a 50 cupronickel coin, a 10 yen bronze coin, a 5 yen brass coin and a 1 yen aluminum coin),
  • A Red-brass medal featuring mother and child foxes which appear in the story of "Buying Mittens"(Weight: 7.5 g, Diameter: 27 mm),
  • A plastic display case,
  • A paper packaging,
  • A booklet of "Buying Mittens" (only in Japanese/ no English translation).

Scheduled Mintage: 50,000 sets

Dealers for "Buying Mittens" Coin Set

For People’s Republic of China (including Macao) and Taiwan

Pan’s Coin

Please see the International Coin Dealer List for the contact information.