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Japan 47 Prefectures Coin Program

Apparently, Japan started these two years ago…but I didn’t know about them until this year. To mark the 60th Anniversary of Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law, Japan launched “Japan 47 Prefectures Coin Program” in 2008. In this program, Japan will issue silver coins and bi-color clad coins of 47 prefectures in Japan for several years. I was given the 2010 coins by Jun’s mom, so I thought I would share those with you.

Kochi Prefecture 500 yen coin

Kochi is located in Shikoku Island and facing the Pacific Ocean. This region is known as its mild climate and rich nature.

Sakamoto Ryoma is one of the most famous historical figures in Kochi, and the 175th anniversary of his birth will be celebrated this year, in 2010. He made a great contribution to Japan’s modernization at the end of the samurai period in Japan.

Fukui Prefecture 500 yen coin

Fukui is located to the north of Kyoto and Gifu, and faces the Sea of Japan. Just like Gifu Prefecture, Fukui is often hit by heavy snowfall in winter.

Up to now, more than eighty percent of dinosaur fossils in Japan have been discovered here in Fukui Prefecture. The dinosaur in the foreground is Fukuiraptor and the image in the background is Fukuisaurus whose fossil remains were also discovered in Fukui. Again, this dinosaur was found to be a new species of dinosaur, but unlike Fukuiraptor, it was a plant-eating dinosaur.

Gifu Prefecture 500 yen coin

Gifu is located almost in the center of Japan and out of Japan’s 47 prefectures, is one of only eight prefectures with no access to the sea.

The Chinese milk vetch flower is Gifu’s prefectural flower. The houses in the background are in the “Historic Village of Shirakawa-go,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Gifu Prefecture. The traditional style of these houses is adapted to the natural environment in Shirakawa, which is often hit by heavy snowfall in winter.

I wish I had paid attention previous years…I want a Kyoto 500 yen coin…


One thought on “Japan 47 Prefectures Coin Program

  1. Those are kind of awesome! I should get a Kochi one. I mean, I don’t live in Kochi, but they haven’t released an Ehime coin yet (I found the website to see how many they’ve released) and Kochi is only one prefecture over.

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