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. Ehime is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. The design features two significant items found in Ehime. On the left side of the coin are oranges, a fruit that Ehime is a special producer of. In the background is the main building of Dogo Hot Spring, which as been known as Japans oldest hot spring with more than 3,000 years of history. It has always been regarded as a place of relaxation, and it is visited by both Japanese and many foreigners. 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.