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TOTTORI 47 Prefectures (15) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2011


Tottori, 2011 issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Located in the west of the mainland Japan, and faces the Sea of Japan to the north. The prefecture is endowed with nature, with the sea to the north and mountains in the south.

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The Tottori Sand Dunes are coastal sand dunes that represent Japan. They're famous for beautiful wind ripples, and measure sixteen kilometers from east to west and two kilometers from north to south. The San' in Kaigan Coast features indented coastlines with small bays and capes and peculiar shaped rock formations. The San' in Kaigan Coast was registered in the UNESCO International Network of Geoparks in 2010. The cavity-shaped islet on the coin has a pine tree at the top.

The word "Tottori" originates from the characters meaning "bird" and "to get", as early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl.

The Tottori Sand Dunes are unique. They are the only large dune system (over 30 km²) in Japan. The dunes were created by sediment deposits carried from the Chugoku Mountains by the Sendai River into the Sea of Japan. Sea currents and wind help bring the sand from the bottom up onto the shore, where the wind constantly rearranges their shape. The dunes have existed for over 100,000 years, but the area of the dunes has been steadily decreasing due to a government reforestation program following World War II. Additionally, concrete barriers erected to protect the coast (the part of Sanin Kaigan National Park) from tsunamis have disrupted the currents responsible for bringing the sand to shore. In recent years authorities have adopted measures to stop the shrinkage of the dunes, partly because they attract a significant amount of tourism to the area. The Tottori prefectural government has attempted to dump sand off the shore near the dunes in the hopes that it will wash ashore, as well as employing the manual removal of encroaching grassy areas. The lasting ability for these efforts to protect the dunes is as of yet unknown. Each year, around two million visitors—mostly from within Japan and East Asia—visit the dunes.

  • CountryJapan
  • Year2011
  • 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. Obverse design: Tottori Sand Dunes and San'in Kaigan. Common reverse design of 1000 yen silver coin: Snow Crystals, Moon and Cherry Blossoms.