Japan 500-YEN (Y163)
Japan 500-YEN (Y163)

Japan 500-YEN (Y163) Fukuiraptor, Fukuisaurus

In 2008, Japan started the "47 Prefectures" coin program, which will be completed in 2016. The program includes silver collector coins, plus circulating bi-metallic coins.

The 2010 Fukui Prefecture coin features a Fukuiraptor (foreground) and a Fukuisaurus (background). Both species of dinosaur were discovered in Fukui. Both are from the early Cretaceous (146-100 mya).

As far as I know, as of 2018 this is the only circulation coin in the world to feature a dinosaur.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 26.5 mm
  • Composition: Copper-Nickel in Nickel-Brass ring
  • CAT#: Y163

Obverse Legend

FUKUI

Reverse Legend

JAPAN 47 PREFECTURES COIN PROGRAM 500 YEN 22

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