AICHI 47 PREFECTURES Silver Proof Coin Japan Mint 2010

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1000 YEN SILVER COIN - 47 PREFECTURES - AICHI - JAPAN MINT 2010

AICHI JAPAN 47 PREFECTURES

Aichi, 2010 issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Obverse design: Golden Shachihoko, Rabbit-ear Iris and Atsumi Peninsula. To mark the 60th Anniversary of Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law, the Japan Mint launched "Japan 47 Prefectures Coin Program" in 2008. In this program, will be issued silver colorized coins of 47 prefectures in Japan for several years (an 8-year series). Obverse is each prefecture's own design. Common reverse design of 1000 yen silver coin: Snow Crystals, Moon and Cherry Blossoms.

BACKGROUND AND HISTORY

Nagoya Castle Golden Shachihoko Statues:
Nagoya Castle, originally built in 1610-14 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. The five-story donjon was destroyed during World War II but has since been reconstructed in 1959, and replica of its famous pair of golden Shachihoko (dolphin-like sea creatures) Statues, almost 3 meters high, restored on the top of the castle also in 1959.

Rabbit-ear Iris:
Grow wild in moist places in various parts of Japan. It reaches a height of 20-70 centimeters. The leaves are sword-shaped or broad and linear. Early in summer two or three dark bluish purple flowers open at the top of the stem.
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