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.
Saitama is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. The design features Shibusawa Eiichi, born in 1840, he was a contributor to the foundation of over 500 companies in Japan, and also a man who made tremendous efforts in private diplomacy in helping social and public projects with welfare and education. In the background is the Bell of Time, a symbol of Kawagoe City, the first city of Saitama. 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.