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KUMAMOTO 47 Prefectures (16) Silver Proof Coin 1000 Yen Japan Mint 2011


Kumamoto, 2011 issue of silver proof colorized 1000 yen coin by Japan Mint, from Japan 47 prefectures series. Located in the west-center Kyushu Island and faces the sea to the west. Mt. Aso is an active volcano featuring one of the world's largest calderas.

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Historically the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".
Kumamoto Prefecture is located in the center of Kyushu, the southernmost of the four major Japanese islands. It is bordered by the Ariake inland sea and the Amakusa archipelago to the west, Fukuoka Prefecture and Ōita Prefecture to the north, Miyazaki Prefecture to the east, and Kagoshima Prefecture to the south.
Mt. Aso (1592 m), an extensive active volcano, is in the east of Kumamoto Prefecture. This volcano is located at the center of the Aso caldera.

  • 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: Mt. Aso, an active volcano featuring one of the world's largest calderas. That's why the coin shows the mountain emitting clouds of smoke. Common reverse design of 1000 yen silver coin: Snow Crystals, Moon and Cherry Blossoms.