10,000 Yen Gold Proof Commemorative Coin
1,000 Yen Silver Proof Commemorative Coin

Image of EXPO 2005 AICHI JAPAN

The designs of EXPO 2005 AICHI JAPAN GOLD Commemorative Coins
The designs of EXPO 2005 AICHI JAPAN SILVER Commemorative Coins

The EXPO 2005 AICHI JAPAN takes place in Aichi prefecture, the central region of Japan from March 25 through September 25, 2005. With "Nature's wisdom" as its theme, more than 120 nations, international organizations, plus numerous corporate groups and NGO/NPOs are participating in the first international expo of the 21st century in order to reach solutions to global problems, such as global warming and energy issues. During the event, around 15 million people are expected to visit it.

In honour of this exciting event, Japan Mint has produced three kinds of commemorative coins; 10,000 yen gold and 1,000 yen silver proof coins, and 500 yen nickel-brass coins for regular circulation in Japan.

The 10,000 yen pure gold coin weighs 15.6g (1/2oz) and has a diameter of 26mm. Total mintage of the coin is limited to 70,000.

The obverse of the gold coin features the globe, surrounded by the sun, the moon, stars, clouds, rain, lightning and water flow. A family of owls, regarded as the Aichi prefecture's bird, appears against the earth. The design symbolizes the marvelous mechanism of nature and the power of life.

The 1,000 yen pure silver coin weighs 31.1g (1oz) and has a diameter of 40mm. Total mintage of the coin is limited to 70,000.

The obverse of the silver coin features the blue planet, surrounded by young trees. With the sophisticated pad-printing technology, a satellite photograph is well copied in three colors: blue, white and gray. The design symbolizes the peaceful unification of human beings and the love for the nature.

The gold coin and the silver coin have a common reverse design. The symbol of the EXPO is placed on the upper half of the coins. Below that, five horizontal lines depicting the ground symbolize the Aichi Expo and the four other world expositions that have been held in Japan. Two latent images, "NIPPON" (meaning "Japan") and "10000" or "1000" (the face value of the coin) are alternately visible between two of the lines.

These coins are available as a solo proof gold coin (35,000 units): a solo proof silver coin (35,000 units): and a set of a proof gold coin and a proof silver coin (35,000 units). And up to five percent, equal to 1,750 each, are allocated for overseas market.

Dealers For EXPO 2005 AICHI JAPAN Commemorative Coins

For South Korea


For Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore

International Coins (Hong Kong) Limited

For Taiwan

Bank of Taiwan, Trading Department

For Singapore


For Australia and New Zealand

Downie's & Sherwood

For US and Canada

Downie's Ltd. (North America)

Euro Collections International

For European Countries



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