Coins to mark Asian Games in Aomori

Japan will issue its first silver coins with colored details to mark the Fifth Winter Asian Games, to be held in Aomori Prefecture in February, Finance Minister Masajuro Shiokawa said Friday.

The 1,000 yen coins, made of pure silver, will feature a skier and skater on the front, and apples and the symbol of the games on the back. The apples — among Aomori’s most well-known products — will be colored red and the symbol will be red, white and blue.

The coins will be 40 mm in diameter and will weigh 31.1 grams, ministry officials said.

The coins, 50,000 of which will be issued, will be sold starting around January, the officials said. The price of the coins has yet to be decided but will be above the face value of 1,000 yen.

The government issued silver 1,000 yen coins to mark the World Cup soccer finals. They sold for 6,000 yen apiece.

The Fifth Winter Asian Games will be held Feb. 1 to Feb. 8.