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.
Iwate is featured on the new Prefecture coin. The design shows Konjikidô, also know as the Golden Hall, which just this year was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Iwate was devastated by the earthquake & tsunami of March 2011, & The Golden Temple is regarded as a symbol of restoration from the damages that Iwate sustained.
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.