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.
Yamanashi 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. The coin also depicts the only test line of the magnetically-levitated (Mag-lev) train in Japan. Constructed at the eastern part of Yamanashi prefecture, the train can travel up to 361 MPH, and has now begun limited commercial use. 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.