obverse, Japan 2015 Chiba 47 Prefectures 1000 Yen Silver Coin

Description:

The Japan Mint is honoring the 47 Prefectures of Japan with a colorful 1,000-yen silver coin series. The history and beauty of each prefecture is captured in full color on the coin’s obverse, while each coin’s reverse features a beautifully engraved design emblematic of the 47 prefectures. The Japan Mint allocates up to 10% of the total authorized mintage of each coin for distributors in the overseas market.

The Japan 2015 Chiba 47 Prefectures 1000 Yen Silver Coin is struck in .9999 fine silver.


Obverse

The obverse features two main motifs associated with Chiba Prefecture.

Opened in 1997, the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line is a 15.1-km toll highway that transverses Tokyo Bay and links Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture with Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture. The 4.4-km bridge on the Kisarazu side is Japan’s longest, and joins a tunnel extending approximately 9.5 km from the Kawasaki side. The bridge and tunnel link up at Umihotaru (the artificial island of Kisarazu), which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the sea that is well-known for its beauty. The Aqua-Line is one of Chiba Prefecture’s most famous tourist destinations.

Yellow Nanohana Mustard Flowers are found in the second quadrant of the face of the coin. Nanohana, the general name for the flowers of plants in the Brassicaceae family, is familiar to many as the prefecture’s official flower as chosen by the public in a 1954 vote.

The water surrounding Umihotaru and the bridge is colored a deep blue, while the sky above the silver horizon is a lighter blue, slightly diffuse and airbrushed in appearance. The inscription 日本国 (Japan) wraps around the top of the design. To the left and bottom of center, the prefecture CHIBA is inscribed in English and in the Japanese (千葉県).

Reverse:

Common reverse design for the 47 Prefecture 1000 Yen Silver Coin Series. State-of-the-Art mint technology is applied to the center of the largest snow crystal to make the numbers “47” (for the 47 Prefectures) and “60” (representing the 60th Anniversary of Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law) appear alternately when viewed from different angles. At the bottom of the coin is the inscription: 平成27年, which denotes that the coin was issued in the 27th year of the Heisei era. The denomination 1000 Yen is presented in English and Japanese.


Coin Specifications:

Country:  Japan
Year Of Issue:  2015
Denomination:  1000 Yen
Mint Mark:
Mintage:  100,000
Alloy:  .9999 Silver
Weight:   31.1 grams
Diameter:  40.0 mm
Edge:  Helical Ridges
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Quality:  Proof

 

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