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Link is only available in Japanese but it would be interesting to see if the Japan mint has learned their lessons about 20 years ago.

 

http://www.mint.go.jp/imperial/index.html

 

Mintage of the gold coin is up to 10,000 and 10 million for the 500 yen coin.

 

Previous coins commemorating the Emperor can be seen here: http://www.mint.go.jp/imperial/pdf/imperial_coin_list.pdf

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Scottishmoney, the Japan mint does have an English version but it doesn't have everything translated into English. I wouldn't be too suprised as some things are just domestic matters and people reading them wouldn't have a clue of what's going on. English version of Japan mint: http://www.mint.go.jp/eng/

 

Here is a rough translated version: http://translate.google.com/translate?prev...history_state0=

 

I made one mistake - gold mintage is up to 100,000 not 10,000. Google translation isn't right with the number either.

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Pray tell what happend 20 years ago?

Emperor Hirohito died on January 7, 1989, ending the Showa Era in its 64th year. His son, Akihito, ascended the throne as Japan's 125th Emperor, ushering in the Heisei era.

 

Because of the peculiarities of the Japanese calendar, 1989 is considered both Showa 64 and Heisei Gan (first), and even though there were only seven days in Showa 64, coins were issued with that date in some denominations.

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Emperor Hirohito died on January 7, 1989, ending the Showa Era in its 64th year. His son, Akihito, ascended the throne as Japan's 125th Emperor, ushering in the Heisei era.

 

Because of the peculiarities of the Japanese calendar, 1989 is considered both Showa 64 and Heisei Gan (first), and even though there were only seven days in Showa 64, coins were issued with that date in some denominations.

 

 

Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.

 

Regards,

 

KardGeo

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That's not what I was thinking about the failed program 20 years ago.

 

Here's a good link about what happened back then: http://articles.latimes.com/1990-02-23/new...150_1_gold-coin

Amazing! Do you have any information on the follow-up? Did they ever charge anyone with complicity?

 

My sister-in-law living northeast of Tokyo, who collects coins, never mentioned this to me.

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