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.
Okayama is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. The background design features Okayama Korakuen Garden with a pond and pathway. Known as one of the 3 most beautiful gardens in Japan, it is a popular tourist attraction and will celebrate its 130th anniversary in 2014. The coin also features Momotaro, aka Peach Boy, an extremely popular hero from a folklore story that is commonly read to every child in Japan. Born from a peach, Momotaro wiped out ogres and demons in his adventures, with the assistance of friendly dogs and monkeys. Okayama Prefecture is a peach-producing area, and as such is known as Momotaro's homeland.
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.