2010 Cherry Blossom Proof Coin Set
Since its inception in 1883, the Japan Mint's Cherry Blossom Festival has enjoyed lasting popularity as one of Osaka's best-loved spring traditions. The Japan Mint is proud to release the 2010 Cherry Blossom Proof Coin Set.
The obverse of the silver medallion is color printed with the design of the Blossom of the Year, Miyako Nishiki; the reverse is coated with gold and features the Japan Mint Museum with cherry blossom. The paper packaging features Miyako Nishiki flowers, and the plastic case features Miyako Nishiki flowers and a scene illustrating Cherry Blossom Viewing Festival.
The Japan Mint Museum is the only Western-style brick building of the Meiji Era (1868-1912) remaining on the premises of the Mint Head Office in Osaka.
The building was originally built as a thermal power plant in 1911; it was restored to its original state with its interior redecorated as a museum. Many items have been exhibited here, including gas lamps, a large clock reminiscent of the establishment of the Mint, and valuable coins collected since its establishment.
The museum was reopened in April 2009, incorporating the latest exhibition methods and equipment to enable people to feel closer to the museum.
Each proof coin, beautifully produced by our Mint by using special techniques, shines like a mirror on the hollow area of its surface while its embossed parts are frosted.
The coin set includes:
- Six Japanese legal tender coins 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 (Weight: 20g, Diameter: 35mm),
- A Certificate of Authenticity (English/Japanese),
- A leather display case,
- A paper slipcase.
Scheduled Mintage: 20,000 sets