Japan Mint to issue memorial coin in honor of samurai Ryoma Sakamoto

domingo, 21 de marzo de 2010

The Japan Mint has announced it will issue a memorial silver coin embossed with an image of legendary 19th-century samurai Ryoma Sakamoto.

The administrative agency has been issuing coins representing prefectures since 2008, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law.

The new 1,000-yen coin is themed on Kochi Prefecture, the birthplace of Sakamoto, a samurai who led the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate and made a great contribution to the modernization of Japan. He has been featured in many films and TV dramas, including NHK's ongoing period drama "Ryomaden."

A total of 100,000 of the coins will be sold through mail order, at the price of 6,000 yen each. They will go on sale from late May.

For inquiries, call the Japan Mint at (050) 5548-8686