National Treasure Medal "Kohfukuji Temple"
National Treasures are government – designated tangible cultural properties selected as peerless treasures of the Japanese people on the basis of their importance to world culture.
The National Treasure Medals comprise a series of medals on the theme of precious national treasures and their attendant cultural properties. For this series we have chosen Kohfukuji Temple, which is registered as a world cultural heritage site among the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara and contains many national treasures, as the subject.
Obverse: The obverse depicts the statue of Asura relief.
* Asura: One of the guardian gods in Buddhism
Reverse: The design of the reverse features the Eastern Golden Hall and the five storied pagoda, surmounted by a precious-flower design (hosoge-mon). The flower on the left-hand side of the hosoge-mon is depicted by means of latent imaging.
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|Material||Pure Silver (Fineness Certification stamped by Japan Mint*)|
|Finishing||Oxidized Silver Finish (Obverse)|
* Mint Certification Mark of Precious Metal Wares (Hallmark)
The Japan Mint examines and certifies the fineness of precious metal wares by stamping specific marks on all wares that pass this examination. These marks are commonly called hallmarks.