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.
Fukuoka is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. The Fukuoka coins obverse depicts the remote Okinoshima Island, home to ancient ritual sites and artifacts and nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gold ring that is featured on the lower half of the coin is one of the artifacts that was discovered on Okinoshima Island. Also featured is Munakata Taisha Grand Shrine, devoted to the God of safety for mariners on the sea.
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.