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


A colorized representation of Danjo Garan Temple. 2015 marks the 1200th anniversary of the foundation of the temple by Japanese monk Kobo Daishi, also known as Kūkai (弘法大師, or 空海). In 2004, the complex was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The inscription: 日本国 (Japan) wraps around the top of the design. On the left, at the ten o’clock position, the prefecture WAKAYAMA is inscribed in English and in the Japanese: 和歌山県.



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
OBV Designer  Naohiko Onuki
REV Designer
Quality:  Proof


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