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YAMAGATA 47 Prefectures (34) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2014


Yamagata, 2014 issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Yamagata is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tohoku region on Honshu island. Its capital is Yamagata.

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The area of present-day Yamagata was part of Dewa Province. During the Edo period, it was the center of Yamagata Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. The modern city of Yamagata was founded on April 1, 1889 as the capital of Yamagata Prefecture. The city attained Special city status on April 1, 2001.

Yamagata City falls within the northern extremity of the humid subtropical climate transitioning into humid continental in the north. This climate zone is characterized by hot, humid summers with daytime temperatures commonly higher than 30 °C (86 °F) and moderately long, cold and very snowy winters. Yamagata city is part of the heavy snow area of Japan (Gosetsu chitai) with snowfall most days throughout the winter season.

Yamagata City is located in a wide central valley that can heat up quickly in spring and summer and is often grey and humid, while to the east in Miyagi Prefecture on the Pacific coast it is usually clearer and more temperate.

  • CountryJapan
  • Year2014
  • 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: Mogami River and cherries Mogami River: Mogami River is a first-grade river with a total length of 229 km. During the Edo Period (1603-1868), main products of the inland area of Yamagata prefecture, such as rice, safflower and etc., were transported by this waterway to the mouth of the river, namely, the port of Sakataminato, and then shipped from there to Kyoto or Osaka via the sea route. In this way, the river has greatly contributed to the daily life and culture of the residents of the prefecture since long time ago. It is also known as one of the rapidest rivers in Japan. "Samidare-wo, atsumete-hayashi, Mogami-gawa (Gathering the rains of May, Mogami River flows rapidly)," a famous haiku (Japanese seventeen-syllable poem) made by MATSUO Basho, also refers to the rapidness of the river’s flow. Cherries: A kind of cherry, known as Sakuranbo cherry, is a fruit of Mizakura, a cherry tree which belongs to the genus Prunus and the family Rosaceae. At present, about 70 percent of the gross production of the Sakuranbo cherry in Japan (about 13,200 tons, according to statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 2012) is produced in Yamagata Prefecture. Satonishiki, a breed of the Sakuranbo cherry, whose production volume in Japan is the largest of all the cherries, was produced by breeding in Yamagata Prefecture. In addition, Mizakura cherry tree is designated as a tree of the prefecture. Common reverse design of 1000 yen silver coin: Snow Crystals, Moon and Cherry Blossoms.