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Press Release

February 21,2012

Ministry of Finance

Japan Mint

Issuance of Commemorative Coins for the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Project and the Contest of their Design

The Ministry of Finance has decided to issue commemorative coins for the Great East Japan Earthquake reconstruction project, issuance of which will be in FY2015. New designs for the commemorative coins will be selected from public proposals by the Ministry of Finance and Japan Mint.

I.The Ministry of Finance has decided to issue 10,000yen commemorative gold coins and 1,000yen commemorative silver coins in FY2015 in commemoration of the Great East Japan Earthquake reconstruction project.

The commemorative coins will be issued in four series.

II.The designs posted on the Sheet1, created by the Japan Mint, will be applied to the first series.

III.The designs for the second, third and fourth series will be selected through the contest to be held by the Ministry of Finance and the Japan Mint. (See the attached Sheet2) More detailed information can be found on the official gazette and on the Japan Mint website.