Japan Mint
Cherry Blossom Viewing Medals
The Cherry Blossom Viewing medals are made by the Japan Mint and sold directly from the same.
You can order recent medals
online HERE if you wish.

A different design was made each year in pure gold, pure silver, and bronze. The design is in high relief and is very
well-made. Both the Hiroshima and the Osaka Mints are open for cherry blossom viewing during March and April,
so many people come to see them. These medals commemorate that event. I'm not sure when the first medals
were made, but I have never seen medals dated before the war; in fact, the earliest medals I've seen were from
the 1970s. I still need to confirm the date of commencement, though.

The medals were struck in fairly low numbers, about 3000-4000 for the bronze (depending on the year). For
example, the 2010 bronze had 3500 struck and sold for 5000 yen when new. The next year 3000 were struck and
sold at the same price.

The pure gold medals are made in extremely low numbers. In 2011 only 150 medals were struck, and they were
on sale for 516,000 yen. The pure silver medals for the same year were 22,000 yen, and only 2000 were struck.

The prices of the gold and silver medals vary from year to year, but the bronze medal prices remain fairly
constant.

In recent years the reverse has a cherry blossom photograph. This shows the Blossom of the Year.

Below are a few different medals in random order.
2005 medal

OBVERSE: The spirit of the cherry blossoms. REVERSE: 'Red blossoms' refers to a deep red colored cherry blossom created by a
scientist in Hokkaido.
Amagyoshino blossoms
Ayanishiki blossoms
Bronze 2004 Cherry Blossom Viewing medal.
Bronze 2010 Cherry Blossom Viewing medal.
Bronze 2006 Cherry Blossom Viewing medal.
Bronze 1975 Cherry Blossom Viewing
medal
Bronze 1992 Cherry Blossom Viewing
medal.
Bronze 1989 Cherry Blossom Viewing
medal.
Bronze 1991 Cherry Blossom Viewing
medal.
Bronze 1983 Cherry Blossom Viewing
medal.
1988 medal.

No descriptive sleeve included, so I don't know the details of the designs.
1982 medal.

OBVERSE: 'Beautiful Woman Under the Cherry Blossoms': Based on a work by the famous artist
Ishikawa Toyonobu (1711-85).
REVERSE: Shows the rare cherry blossoms with yellow and green lines (veins?).
1984 medal.

OBVERSE: Based on a work by the famous ukiyoe artist,
Kitagawa Utamaro (ca. 1753 -1806)
REVERSE: Shows the famous cherry blossoms at Shougestu Temple, which change in color from red to white.
1980 medal.
No descriptive sleeve included, so I don't know the details of the designs.
Heisei 2 [1990] medal.
No descriptive sleeve included, so I don't know the details of the designs.