The Japan Mint is issuing the most extensive and beautiful series of coins in its history—commemorating 47 Prefectures. The large Prefecture 40 mm. coins are being minted in gem proof quality from 99.9% pure silver, limited to 100,000 of each, and picture local scenery in full color.
Akita is featured on the new Prefecture coin. The design features Nobu Shirase, a famous Japanese explorer born in Akita. He is well known for his polar expeditions to Antarctica. A glacier in Antarctica is named the "Shirase Glacier" in his honor. The coin also features a traditional folk event called Namahage, which is an event where a man wearing a demon mask, meant to be intimidating and scary, goes from house to house in a settlement, seeking to frighten any lazy, crying or misbehaved children into behaving better. Get your Akita coin today!
Official American distributor Panda America offers these in original government packaging with a Certificate of Authenticity. Earlier issues in the Prefecture Series, that was launched in 2008, are still available from Panda America.