01 October 2021
Since its inception in 1883 the Japan Mint’s Cherry Blossom Viewing has enjoyed lasting popularity as one of Osaka’s best loved spring traditions, and now it is celebrated on a beautiful set of coins.
This set is comprised of six Japanese legal tender coins in proof condition:
- A 500 yen nickel-brass coin
- a 100 yen cupronickel coin
- a 50 yen cupronickel coin
- a 10 yen bronze coin
- a 5 yen brass coin
- a 1 yen aluminum coin
The coins' design
The obverse of the silver medal features the design of the Blossom of the Year, Yokihi in full color.
The reverse shows the biwa an instrument that Yang Guifei is said to have delighted in playing, with cherry blossoms and a streamer dancing in the breeze depicted in relief.
The obverses of the paper slipcase and the coin holder are illustrated with Yokihi this year’s blossom. The reverse of the paper slipcase and the leather case feature the design of a biwa, an instrument that Yang Guifei is said to have delighted in playing, with cherry blossoms and a streamer dancing in the breeze and the design of the reverse of the coin holder uses cherry blossoms and an elegant streamer dancing in the breeze.
How to buy the coins
- Visit the Japan Mint Online Shop
- International Dealers for This Product should click here for more information
- For enquiries email: [email protected]
The Blossom of the Year
Yokihi (楊貴妃): The Yokihi variety of sakura comes originally from the Nara region Its buds are deep pink, but when the flowers open they are damask pink, and the wonderful depth of colour of its blossoms led to its naming for the famously beautiful Chinese imperial consort Yang Guifei (whose name is pronounced Yokihi in Japanese) Each blossom has around 20 petals.