Japan Mint to Issue Coins Commemorating New Emperor

Politics Society

Tokyo, May 10 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Finance Ministry said Friday that it will issue two types of coins commemorating the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito.

The new coins will have denominations of 10,000 yen and 500 yen. The higher-value type will be made of gold, while the 500-yen coin will be made mainly of copper.

The gold coin will be sold via mail order from the Japan Mint for 140,555 yen, while the copper type will be available at face value at financial institutions nationwide.

The obverse face of the gold coin features an embossing of a phoenix and auspicious clouds, symbols of the Emperor, while that of the copper one shows the "Takamikura" Imperial throne that will be used in Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony in October.

The reverse sides of the two coins both feature the chrysanthemum crest of the Imperial Family, as well as a Japanese cherry birch and beach rose, symbols of the Emperor and the Empress respectively.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press