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.
Osaka is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. The Osaka coin’s obverse depicts Osaka Castle & the Bunraku Puppet Theater. Osaka Castle, a landmark & the symbol of the whole Prefecture, welcomes over 1.5 million visitors per year. It was reconstructed in 1931 and designated a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property in 1997. The Bunraku Puppet Theater is a Japanese traditional art form integrating 3 elements: narration, instruments, and puppets.
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.