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. Hiroshima is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. Three different points of interest are featured on the coin.
The design shows Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a World Cultural Heritage Site that was founded in 593 AD. A dancer is also featured, which is referred to as Bugaku, an ancient music and dance that originated in India, and is performed in the Shrine many times a year. At the top of the coin are many Red Maple leaves, which come from the Maple tree, the official tree of the Hiroshima Prefecture and extremely common in Hiroshima. 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.