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.
Tokushima is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. The Tokushima coins obverse depicts Naruto Strait and a female figure engaged in a traditional Awa Odori dance. The Naruto Strait, which connects Tokushima to the Hyogo Prefecture, boasts some of the largest whirlpools in the world. At their seasonal peak, fast rushing water produces visible vortices that measure up to 20 meters in diameter. Across this volatile waterway spans the Onaruto Bridge, a massive 1,629 meter suspension bridge that was completed in 1985. The Awa Odori dance is a historic dance that originates more than 400 years ago and traces its roots to Tokushima. In the city, more than a million people come to experience the annual Awa Odori festival, which is held in August. 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.