Japan govt to issue commemorative coin to mark 150th anniversary of railway operations

Courtesy of the Finance Ministry
The obverse, left, and reverse of a silver coin to be issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Japanese railways

The Finance Ministry is to issue 70,000 commemorative silver coins to mark the 150th anniversary of railway operations in Japan.

The coins, which will have a face value of ¥1,000, will each retail for ¥12,300.

Japan’s first rail service began in 1872 and operated between Shimbashi and Yokohama stations.

The coin’s obverse face features a nishiki-e colored woodblock print titled “Takanawa Tetsudo no Zu” (View of a train at Takanawa) by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, an ukiyo-e artist who was active in the late Edo period (1603-1867) and early Meiji era (1868-1912). The reverse face depicts Old Shimbashi Station, a reproduction of the first Shimbashi Station building.

The coins will be available from the Japan Mint, which will accept purchase applications — mail order only — for about three weeks from Oct. 5. The coins will be dispatched from the middle of February.