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.
Shizuoka is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. The background design features Mt. Fuji, well known internationally as the national symbol of Japan. In July 2013, Mt. Fuji was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site, regarded as a sacred place and source of artistic inspiration. On the coin, Mt. Fuji is drawn by YOKOYAMA Taikan, a famous Japanese artist. The drawing depicts a snowcapped Mt. Fuji, emerging from the clouds and the thickly grown green trees.
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.