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SHIMANE 47 Prefectures (3) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2008


Shimane, 2008 issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Obverse design: Otoriosame-Chogin, a silver coin made of silver from the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, and Peony Flowers, the prefectural flower of Shimane.

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Shimane is located in the southwest of Japan's mainland, facing the Japan Sea to the north. Since Shimane is close geographically to China and the Korean Peninsula, it once played an important role as a bridge to those areas in the formation of ancient Japan. As many of Japan's myths are set in Shimane, it is known as "the Home of Gods."

The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, located in Oda City in the center of Shimane, contains a range of remains that depict the history of mining from 1526, when large-scale mining operations started, to 1923, when the mine closed. Even today, much evidence remains of silver distribution and the lifestyles of the people who worked in the silver industry.

Capital City: Matsue Population in 2007 (thousands): 731 Area in 2007 (square km): 6,708

  • 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.