Japan Commemorates 150 Years of Railways

With this coin Japan celebrates 150 years of railways in the Land of the Rising Sun. Photo: Ministry of Finance, Japan.
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In 1872, 150 years ago, Japan’s first railway line opened. To mark the occasion, the Ministry of Finance has decided to issue a commemorative coin. The coin is made of silver and has a face value of 1,000 yen. It weighs 31.1g and has a diameter of 40mm. The mintage is expected to be 70,000.

The obverse is coloured. Based on a contemporary Nishiki-e woodblock print by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, it shows a train on a section of Japan’s first railway line that connected Shimbashi (Tokyo) and Yokohama. We see the Takanawa railway embankment running on the water off the coast.

Reconstruction of the old Shimbashi railway station. Photo: Sushiya / CC BY 3.0.

The reverse side shows the old Shimbashi station, a starting and terminus station of the first railway line. The old station no longer exists, but there is a reconstruction in Tokyo showing the condition when the station opened.

The commemorative coins can be ordered from the Japan Mint by post from 5 October 2022. They will be shipped from mid-February 2023. The price of the coin is listed at 12,300 yen (currently ca. US$86).


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