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.
Fukushima is featured on the newest Prefecture coin. The Fukushima coin features Hideyo Noguchi, a prominent bacteriologist from Fukushima. He was well known for his research on yellow fever, syphilis and other diseases. Also featured on the coin is Mt. Bandai and Lake Inawashiro, both very significant landmarks of Fukushima. 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.