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IWATE Special Edition 47 Prefectures (18) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2012


Iwate, 2012 Special Edition issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Iwate Prefecture is the second largest prefecture of Japan after Hokkaido.

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Recently, the additional issuance of 10,000 pieces of this IWATE 1,000-yen Silver Proof Coin has been newly determined by the government of Japan to celebrate the commemorative coin, which named the "Most Beautiful Coin" Award in MDC (Mint Directors' Conference) Coin Competition held in the 27th MDC in Vienna in this May. Hence, the design and other specifications of this IWATE 1,000-yen Silver Proof Coin are the same as those of 2011 version, except its year of issuance depicted on the reverse, "Heisei 24 (2012)", instead of "Heisei 23 (2011)".
To overseas market, up to 1,000 pieces are available.


Iwate commemorative coin focuses on the Hiraizumi cultural heritage newly inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage in this June, and now, the cultural heritage is regarded as a symbol of restoration of Iwate prefecture from the damages by the earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11, 2011.
The Konjiki-do Golden Hall was a constructed by Fujiwara no Kiyohira, the founder of a noble family called Oshu Fujiwara in the 12th century. Apart from the roof, it is covered with gold leaf both inside and out. In the hall, the four bodies are placed: Kiyohira, the first Oshu Fujiwara lord, his son, Motohira, Motohira's son, Hidehira and Hidehira's son, Yasuhira. Chuson-ji lotus was grown up from seeds 800 hundred years ago, which were remained in the Konjiki-do Golden Hall. Pure Land Garden of Motsu-ji temple was constructed by the second and third lords of Oshu Fujiwara clan.

  • CountryJapan
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1000 Yen
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes