Thursday, January 28, 2016
500 Yen Prefecture Coins
Well, I guess we're coming down to the wire now, regarding the 47 Prefecture 500-yen Coins collection. Wakayama, Osaka, Nagasaki and Chiba came out on the 20th, but it took a few days for them to reach Kagoshima. The series started running, at 2-4 coins every 6 months or so, back in 2008. I didn't start collecting them until 2012, meaning I missed the first 19, and then Kagoshima sold out right away and I couldn't find anyone else I know in Japan to buy it for me elsewhere. But, I have the other 25 coins from 2012 to 2016, and there are only 2 left on the schedule - Fukushima (which had been ravaged by the big earthquake and reactor meltdown in 2011) and the 23 Tokyo Wards region. The Japan Mint site doesn't have a fixed release date yet, but the last 2 coins are tentatively set to come out in July.