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Press Release

May 10, 2019

Ministry of Finance

Issuance of Commemorative Coins for the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor

The Ministry of Finance has decided to issue coins commemorating the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor as follows. They will be issued as outlined in the Attachment.

○ Commemorative Coins for the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor
Type

10,000-yen gold coin
(Reference 1)(PDF:256KB)

500-yen bicolor clad coin
(Reference 2)(PDF:261KB)

Design
(Obverse side)
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"Phoenix and auspicious clouds"

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"Imperial Throne for the Emperor"

Design
(Reverse side)
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"The chrysanthemum crest of the Imperial House, Betula grossa and Rosa rugosa"

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"The chrysanthemum crest of the Imperial House, Betula grossa and Rosa rugosa"

(Note 1) The diameters are 28 mm for the 10,000-yen gold coin and 26.5 mm for the 500-yen bicolor clad coin.

(Note 2) See Reference 1 and Reference 2 for the details of the design.

Contact

Currency Planning Section, Office of Currency Matters, Treasury Division, Financial Bureau
TEL: 03-3581-4111 (Representative)
Extension: 5765, 6343

(Attachment)

1. Outline of the 10,000-yen Gold Coin and the 500-yen Bicolor Clad Coin
Denomination10,000 yen500 yen
MaterialGoldNickel brass, cupronickel and copper
QualityPure goldCopper: 75%; Zinc: 12.5%;
Nickel: 12.5%
Weight20 g7.1 g
Diameter28 mm26.5 mm
Other featuresHelical ridges etc.Helical ridges with two different pitches, etc.
Number of coins issued
(of which, number of those for exchange)
50,0005,000,000
(4,970,000)
Scheduled time of exchange-October 2019
Remarks

This coin will not be available to be exchanged at financial institutions, etc. and will only be available directly from the Japan Mint via mail order.

This coin will basically be exchanged at financial institutions at face value.

30,000 out of the issued 5 million coins will be available in sets with the 10,000-yen gold coin, directly from the Japan Mint via mail order.

(Note 1) Since the 10,000-yen gold coin using pure gold is crafted with special technologies, the cost required to manufacture it exceeds its face value, which makes it a premium-grade commemorative coin.

(Note 2) The exchange guidelines for the 500-yen bicolor clad coin will be announced by the Ministry of Finance in around September 2019.

2. Prices of the Gold Coin and a Set of the Gold Coin and Bicolor Clad Coin
Gold coin only
(10,000-yen gold coin)
Set
(10,000-yen gold coin and 500-yen bicolor clad coin)
Prices
(tax included)
140,555 yen142,593 yen
Number to be sold20,00030,000 sets
Period for application
(Estimated shipping date)
For around three weeks from July 11, 2019
(from October 2019)

(Note 1) All of the gold coins and the bicolor clad coins for set sale are finished to proof standard with special technologies to bring out the luster on the surface.

(Note 2) All prices shown above reflect the consumption tax increase from October 1, 2019, since they will be shipped from October 2019.

(Note 3) The details of the application method for the gold coin and for the coin set is scheduled to be announced on website of the Japan Mint (https://www.mint.go.jp/) at 17:00 on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Please check the relevant website or make a call to the Japan Mint at 050-5548-8686 (from 8:00 to 21:00 every day) from that time onward.