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Japan 2015 Osaka 47 Prefectures 1000 Yen Silver Coin


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 Osaka 47 Prefectures 1000 Yen Silver Coin is struck in .9999 fine silver.


A Bunraku (文楽) puppet is shown in the coin’s foreground, situated to the left. The Bunraku puppets, originally known as ningyo joruri (人形浄瑠璃), are among Japan’s best-known traditional art forms. The art form consists of three elements: tayu (太夫) – narration, shamisen (三味線) – a three-stringed instrument, and ningyo (人魚) – puppets. Bunraku was registered in 2008 as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Behind the puppet, dominating the design’s right side, is an image of Osaka Castle (大坂城). Located in central Osaka Prefecture, the castle welcomes 1.55 million visitors each year. One of Japan’s most famous castles, it was reconstructed in 1931 and designated as a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property in 1997.

The inscription 日本国 (Japan) wraps around the top of the design. In the right center, the prefecture OSAKA is inscribed in English and in the Japanese: 大阪市.


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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