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KYOTO 47 Prefectures (2) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2008


Kyoto, 2008 issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Obverse design: Scene 3 of Yadorigi, Chapter 49 of "The Picture Scroll of the Tale of Genji (National Treasure of Japan)".

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Old capital, Kyoto, was founded in 794, and since then it was always the capital of old Japan through the Heian, Kamakura, Muromachi, Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo periods for more than one thousand years. Historically and artistically valued temples, shrines, gardens, etc. are attracting a number of visitors from home and abroad. Some were registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site, and you can taste old Japanese culture in Kyoto.

The Tale of Genji was written one thousand years ago by Murasaki Shikibu. It is the most ancient surviving full-length (54 chapters) novel. The story unfolds around the hero, Genji, depicting daily life and affairs among aristocrats in the Heian Period (794-1185).

Capital City: Kyoto
Population in 2007 (thousands): 2,635
Area in 2007 (square km): 4,613

  • CountryJapan
  • Year2008
  • 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
To mark the 60th Anniversary of Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law, the Japan Mint launched "Japan 47 Prefectures Coin Program" in 2008. In this program, will be issued silver colorized coins of 47 prefectures in Japan for several years (an 8-year series). Obverse is each prefecture's own design.
Common reverse design of 1000 yen silver coin: Snow Crystals, Moon and Cherry Blossoms.