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. Yamagata is featured on the newest Prefecture coin.
Yamagata is in northeast Japan, approximately 500 km to the north of Tokyo. The Yamagata prefecture is blessed with beautiful nature, including famous rivers, mountains, and hot springs. Yamagata is also a major producer of agricultural products. This is all prominently featured on the obverse of the coin, showcasing Mogami River, and cherries, which are a local specialty. 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.