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.
Nagasaki is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. The Nagasaki coins obverse depicts Oura Cathedral and Camellias. Oura Cathedral is a western style building constructed in 1864, and is the oldest church in Japan. It is the historical site where members of a community had secretly practiced their faith during the time when Christianity was strictly prohibited. The official flower of Nagasaki Prefecture is the Camellias, which are familiar to many as the symbol of the prefecture. 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.