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ISHIKAWA 47 Prefectures (38) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2014


Ishikawa, 2014 issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Ishikawa Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the Honshu island. The capital is the city of Kanazawa.

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Ishikawa is on the Sea of Japan coast. The northern part of the prefecture consists of the narrow Noto Peninsula, while the southern part is wider and consists mostly of mountains with the prefecture's chief city, Kanazawa, located in the coastal plain. The prefecture also has some islands, including Notojima, Mitsukejima, Hegurajima.
As of April 1, 2012, 13% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Hakusan National Park; Echizen-Kaga Kaigan and Noto Hantō Quasi-National Parks; and five Prefectural Natural Parks.

  • 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

The coin's obverse depicts The Kotoji stone lantern and ropes protecting trees from snow of Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden: Known as a representative traditional Japanese garden made by a feudal lord in the Edo period (1603-1868), it is ranked as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan together with Kairakuen Garden in Mito, Ibaraki prefecture, and Kōrakuen Garden in Okayama prefecture. It was designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty of the nation in 1985. The inside of the garden has been illuminated in each season since 1997. Especially, illumination in autumn and winter, where ropes protecting trees from snow (yukizuri) are lighten up out of the darkness, is extremely fantastic.
Kotoji stone lantern: Placed in the northern shore of the Kasumigaike pond, it is known as a symbol of the Kenrokuen Garden. It is said that its name was derived from “kotoji,” a bridge for strings of the Japanese harp (koto), because their shapes with two legs are similar to each other.
Ropes protecting trees from snow of Kenrokuen Garden (Yukizuri): Yukizuri, ropes set around trees in a cone-shape to protect them from the weight of snow, is famous as feature of winter in Hokuriku region, to which Ishikawa prefecture belongs. In Kenrokuen Garden, ropes are set by landscape gardeners from November 1st every year.
Common reverse design of 1000 yen silver coin: Snow Crystals, Moon and Cherry Blossoms.