2011 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 2011 "Cherry Blossom Viewing" Proof Coin Set to commemorate this cherry blossom viewing.
The obverse of the silver medallion is color printed with the design of the Blossom of the Year – the Imose; the reverse is coated with gold and features the gas lamp as well as cherry blossom. The paper packaging and the coin holder in the display case also show Imose flowers and the gas lamp.
The gas lamp was set up in front of the main entrance of the Japan Mint at the time of its establishment in 1871. It was said that, at that time, a lot of people, who only knew lanterns and candles, were surprised at the bright gas lamp very much, attracting many spectators after every sunset.
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