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SHINKANSEN Train 50th Anniversary Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2014


New amazing 1 oz Silver 999 coin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen bullet train opening in 1964. The coin has been treated with “iridescent color shining technology”, a leading-edge microfabrication technology, which makes the coin surface shine in rainbow when seen from different angles.

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Iridescent color shining technology
Iridescent color shining technology applied to the reverse side of the coin utilizes microgrooves produced by high-precision technology to create an iridescent shine on a metal surface, by using the light interference effect. Different parts of the coin shine depending the direction or angle from which it is viewed.

The Shinkansen, also known as the "Bullet Train", is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies. Starting with the Tokaido Shinkansen in 1964, the network has expanded to currently consist of 2,387.7 km of lines.
Shinkansen literally means new trunk line, referring to the tracks, but the name is widely used inside and outside Japan to refer to the trains as well as the system as a whole. The name Superexpress, initially used for Hikari trains, was retired in 1972 but is still used in English-language announcements and signage.
Japan was the first country to build dedicated railway lines for high speed travel. Because of the mountainous terrain, the existing network consisted of 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gauge lines, which generally took indirect routes and could not be adapted to higher speeds. Consequently, Japan had a greater need for new high speed lines than countries where the existing standard gauge or broad gauge rail system had more upgrade potential.
Among the key people credited with the construction of the first Shinkansen are, Hideo Shima, the Chief Engineer, and Shinji Sogo, the first President of Japan National Railways (JNR) who managed to persuade politicians to back the plan. Other significant people responsible for its technical development were, Tadanao Miki, Tadashi Matsudaira, and Hajime Kawanabe based at the Railway Technology Research Institute (RTRI), part of JNR. They were responsible for much of the technical development of the first line, the Tokaido Shinkansen. All three had worked on aircraft design during World War II.

  • CountryJapan
  • Year2014
  • Face Value1000 Yen
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)50.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The coin's obverse depicts a train of the Shinkansen railroad with the Fuji mount on the background. The coin depicts also the caratheristic Japan's cherry blossoms. The coin reverse depicts the same train of the Shinkansen railroad in a new technology applied: the iridescent color shining technology. The face value and the issue date are featured on the coin's reverse.