National Treasure Medallion Series Himeji Castle Medallion
The Japan Mint is proud to release a silver medallion featuring Himeji Castle (designated as National Treasure of Japan). We have started National Treasure Medallion Series last year with the Horyuji Medallion.
The obverse side of the medal features Himeji Castle and flying white herons, while the reverse side features swallowtail (emblem of the Ikeda family), square, triangle and circle-shaped small holes (known as “Sama”) through which soldiers would shoot arrows and guns to enemies attacking the castle, and designs of castle roof tiles.
Himeji Castle, also designated as UNESCO World Heritage, was constructed in its present form in the early 17th century by Terumasa Ikeda. The castle was also called “Shirasagi Castle (White Heron Castle),” because the castle tower, consisting of five levels and seven floors, and its other features such as white walls, remind of a white heron with its wings spread. Although the castle is full preparation for attack by “Sama,” etc, it has no record of being under attack.
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