OSAKA -- Japan Mint began accepting applications on Aug. 6 to purchase sets of Japanese coins stamped with the "Reiwa Gannen" year of issue, meaning the first year of the Reiwa era.
The authority based in Osaka's Kita Ward in western Japan has prepared the "Mint Set," in which one of each coin from the six varieties available in values of 1 to 500 yen is arranged, at a cost of 2,037 yen for the most basic version of the product.
The Mint is also offering two types of what it calls a "Proof Coin Set," in which the six coins are processed to be shinier than the regular ones, and are included in a more elaborate case.
The proof set, which includes a bronze plate stamped with "2019 Zoheikyoku (Japan Mint)" on its case, is selling for 7,857 yen with a production limit of 30,000.
The same set without the plate costs 7,700 yen and its production is limited to 5,000. If applications exceed the amount created, a lottery will be carried out.
Applications will be accepted until Aug. 30 via postcard or the online shop linked below. For inquiries, call 050-5548-8686, Japanese language only.
(Japanese original by Hiroko Michishita, Osaka City News Department)