The Shinkansen, a network of high-speed bullet trains in Japan, opened its door for business in October of 1964. Constructed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the trains have become an everyday part of life for the Japanese town as they carry millions to their respective destinations.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen, three sets of commemorative coins were released beginning with the first set in 2014. Now in 2016, the final set of 100 Yen clad coins is due to become available to the public. A total of 4 coins will be released over the course of this year to celebrate the remainder of the nine trains:
- Yamagata Shinkansen (E3-Series)
- Akita Shinkansen (E6-Series)
- Kyushu Shinkansen (New 800-Series)
- Hokkaido Shinkansen (H5-Series)
Each of the coins will feature their respective trains on the obverse while the reverse portrays an image of the Dz0-seriesdz, or original, Shinkansen.
Not only are the coins representative of a major infrastructure, which Japan heavily relies on, but the commemorative set is also the first to be issued in the last 39 years.
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