The Mint of Japan will issue (24th September) a collector’s coin to mark the Ministry of Finance hosting the 67th meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group – to be held this year in Tokyo from the 9th to the 14th 2012. The coin was announced in June and the Mint of Japan are now accepting reservations for the coin’s purchase and subscription within Japan and from the 24th September, the coin will be available for sale at the Mint’s retail branch in Tokyo.
The Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group occur each year in an effort to bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system. This year, Japan’s Ministry of Finance was chosen as hosts for the five day conference.
The coin, a silver crown-sized strike includes a colorized design. The obverse includes a design encompassing motifs of both Mount Fuji and the elements “Jing Zhi morning Nihonbashi” representing the people of Edo, the illustration adapted from a rendition of the “Fifty three stages of the Tokaido” a series of well-known woodcut prints created by the Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858) The text around the primary design in Japanese characters denotes the IMF conference and the face value. The reverse design includes a depiction of the world map with an outline of Japan as the central location as hosts of the IMF conference. The text in western characters reads: “2012 TOKYO ANNUAL MEETINGS INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND – WORLD BANK GROUP” surrounding the overall design. The coin has a face value of 1000 yen, this is designated on the reverse and positioned just to the lower-right half along with the year of issue, 24 – denoting the 24th year of the Emperor Heisei’s reign.
The proof quality coin is struck in .999 pure silver with a weight of 31.1 grams and a diameter of 40 mm. The mintage for this issue is limited to 50,000 pieces. The Mint of Japan do not sell gold or silver coins internationally but does list those authorized international distributors for interested collectors outside Japan. For more information on this and other coins and year sets offered by the Mint of Japan, please visit their website at: http://www.mint.go.jp/eng/index.html – this information is in English.