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NARA 47 Prefectures (7) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2009


Nara, 2009 issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Nara is close to Osaka city. Nara was the ancient capital of Japan, even older than Kyoto. In addition to Kyoto, there are many famous temples and shrines in Nara. Obverse design: Daigokuden Seiden, Cherry Blossoms and Kemari.

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2010 is the 1300th Anniversary of the Nara Heijo-kyo Capital. "Daigokuden Seiden" was the Former Imperial Audience Hall at Heijo Palace in the Heijo-kyo Capital, and is now being reconstructed. In those ancient days, the Emperor appeared in Daigokuden Seiden and national ceremonies were held there. Most of the Heijo Palace ruins have been preserved as a national historic site and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
A type of cherry blossom called "Nara-no-yaezakura" is the prefectural flower of Nara. Literally translated, "Nara-no-yaezakura" means a double cherry blossom tree in Nara.
"Kemari" is a ball game that is said to have come from China to Japan approximately 1,400 years ago and was played by aristocrats during ancient times in Japan. It has been passed down through the generations and is still played today. There are no winners or losers in this game, as the objective is simply to pass the ball to fellow players.

Capital City: Nara
Population in 2007 (thousands): 1,410
Area in 2007 (square km): 2,691

  • CountryJapan
  • Year2009
  • 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.