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.
Osaka is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. The Osaka coins obverse depicts Osaka Castle & the Bunraku Puppet Theater. Osaka Castle, a landmark & the symbol of the whole Prefecture, welcomes over 1.5 million visitors per year. It was reconstructed in 1931 and designated a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property in 1997. The Bunraku Puppet Theater is a Japanese traditional art form integrating 3 elements: narration, instruments, and puppets. 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.