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.