February 7th, 2010

WORLD COINS: The Crested Ibis Flies Again

[TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA] The fifth coin in Japan’s Prefecture Series features the Japanese crested ibis flying over Sado Island in the Prefecture of Niigata.

The revered bird was hunted nearly to extinction, and a polluted post-World War II environment caused the bird to be placed on the list of internationally protected species. Currently there are 10 free-flying ibises on Sado Island.

The 1,000-yen proof coin is one ounce .999 silver. Only 10,000 of the authorized mintage of 100,000 are available outside of Japan. For further information call 800-472-6327 or visit www.PandaAmerica.com.

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