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WAKAYAMA 47 Prefectures (42) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2015


Wakayama, 2015 issue of pure silver colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Wakayama is the capital city of Wakayama Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan.

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Wakayama occupies 4% of the land area and has 40% of Wakayama Prefecture's population. The city was founded on April 1, 1889. It is on the northern edge of Wakayama prefecture, nearest Osaka. Southern Wakayama Prefecture is largely rural. This population increase has occurred despite Wakayama's beleaguered economy, which has suffered since Sumitomo Steel moved much of its steel producing operations to China. The Wakayama steel mills have since been reduced and restructured, with part of the industry completely shutting in 2004. Wakayama is cleft in two by the Kinokawa River. The city is bordered at the north by mountains and Osaka Prefecture. Wakayama is home to one of Japan's three Melody Roads, which is made from grooves cut into the pavement, which when driven over causes a tactile vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the car body.

  • CountryJapan
  • Year2015
  • 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: Mt. Koya and Danjo GaranMt. This sacred mountain site, founded in 816 by the Japanese monk Kobo Daishi (Kukai), celebrates the 1200th anniversary of its foundation in 2015. In 2004 it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. Danjo Garan Temple Complex: This is believed to have been the site of the first complex built by Kukai when he came to Mt. Koya, and the view of the Danjo Garan with the Konpon Daito Great Stupa at its heart is one of the most famous sights on the mountain. In 1977, the Garan Area was designated a National Historic Site as part of the Kongobuji Temple precincts, and the Great Stupa, Kondo (Main Hall), and other buildings within these precincts constitute Japan’s first full-scale monastic complex dedicated to esoteric Buddhism.

Common reverse design of 1000 yen silver coin: Snow Crystals, Moon and Cherry Blossoms.