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KAGOSHIMA 47 Prefectures (32) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2013


Kagoshima, 2013 issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Kagoshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kagoshima.

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The prefecture boasts a chain of active and dormant volcanoes, including the great Sakurajima, which towers out of the Kagoshima bay opposite Kagoshima city. A steady trickle of smoke and ash emerges from the caldera, punctuated by louder mini-eruptions on an almost daily basis. On active days in Kagoshima city an umbrella is advisable to ward off the ash. Sakurajima is one of Japan's most active volcanoes. Major eruptions occurred in 1914, when the island mountain spilled enough material to become permanently connected to the mainland, and a lesser eruption in 1960. Volcanic materials in the soil make Sakurajima a source for record daikon radishes, roughly the size of a basketball. Many beaches around the Kagoshima Bay are littered with well-worn pumice stones. A crater lake in the southwestern tip of the prefecture, near the spa town of Ibusuki, is home to a rare species of giant eel.

  • CountryJapan
  • Year2013
  • 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: Jomonsugi Cedar Tree, Mt. Nagatadake, and Yakushima Rhododendron in Yakushima Island Jomonsugi Cedar Tree: Jomonsugi Cedar Tree is known as the oldest Yakusugi cryptomeria tree with the height of 25.3m and is estimated to be between 2,170 years old and 7,200 years old. The tree’s name is said to come from the Jomon period of Japanese prehistory because it is a survivor of the Jomon period dating back to about 16,500 years ago. Mt. Nagatadake: One of the high mountains called Okudake centrally-located in Yakushima Island. The height above sea level is 1,886m. Many granite rocks are exposed by erosion around the top of the mountain, and it formed an unique landscape with the mountain ridge like a folding screen. Yakushima Rhododendron: An evergreen low tree with the height of 2 to 3 m living in the area over 1,200 m above sea level. One of the indigenous species of Yakushima Island. 5 to 12 blossoms of sanguine or pink color bloom on every tip of the branches from late May to early June every year. Common reverse design of 1000 yen silver coin: Snow Crystals, Moon and Cherry Blossoms.