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OITA 47 Prefectures (24) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2012


Oita, 2012 issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Oita Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyushu Island. The prefectural capital is the city of Oita.

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The origins of the name Oita are documented in a report from the early 8th century called the Chronicles of Bungo. According to the document, when Empress Keiko visited the Kyushu region, stopping first in Toyo-no-kuni, she exclaimed that 'This is a vast land, indeed. It shall be known as Okita-Kuni!' Okita-Kuni, meaning "Land of the Great Fields", later came to be written as "Oita". Present day interpretations based on Oita's topography state that Oita's name comes from "Okita", meaning "many fields", rather than "vast" or "great" field, because of Oita's complex terrain.

  • CountryJapan
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1000 Yen
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)100.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
Obverse design: Usa Shrine and Futabayama. Usa shrine is the head of Hachiman-gu shrines, a series of more than forty thousand shrines in Japan. In 725, the inner shrine, Ichi–no–Goten, was founded in the same place as present. The existing inner shrines were built in the late 19th century, and were designated as National Treasures of Japan in 1952. This year, 2012, is the 60th anniversary from the designation. Futabayama: Born in Usa, Oita (1912-1968). He was the 35th yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo wrestling. He achieved 69 consecutive victories from 1936 to 1939, which has been the record for more than 70 years. In 1946, at the age of 34, he retired and assumed the sumo elder's name of Tokitsukaze as a sumo coach. Later, he became a chairman of the Japan Sumo Association and made a great contribution to the development of sumo world. Common reverse design of 1000 yen silver coin: Snow Crystals, Moon and Cherry Blossoms.