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HOKKAIDO 47 Prefectures (1) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2008


Hokkaido, 2008 issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, the first issue of Japan 47 prefectures series. Hokkaido coin is the memorable first coin of this program and the obverse design represents a beautiful nature scene with Lake Toya and Red-crowned Cranes.

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Hokkaido is the largest and most northerly prefecture in Japan. Hokkaido's development began in 1869 with the establishment of the Hokkaido Development Commission. Over 130 years have since passed, Hokkaido has seen significant development. Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, is the fifth-most populous city in Japan and lies at 43 north latitude, almost the same as Boston, Sarajevo and Monaco. This island prefecture is full of nature, so it plays an important role as the largest food supplier and tourist area. Not only a lot of Japanese tourists but also a lot of foreign tourists arrive there and enjoy Hokkaido!

Capital City: Sapporo
Population in 2007 (thousands): 5,570
Area in 2007 (square km): 83,456

  • 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.