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.
Yamaguchi is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. The Yamaguchi coin features the Kintaikyo Bridge, a historical wooden structure that consists of a series of five wooden arches and spans the Nishiki River in Iwakuni City. Built in 1673, this bridge is known throughout Japan as one of the three most unique bridges in the country and a place of great scenic beauty. The coin also features Akiyoshidai Plateau, which is the largest area of karst topography in Japan. 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.