Japan wins order from Brunei to mint silver coins


The Japan Mint has received an order from Brunei to mint 5,500 silver coins commemorating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Brunei, it was announced Wednesday.

Of the total, 5,000 coins will be sold in Japan. The price and other details will be announced later this month, the Finance Ministry and Japan Mint said.

Each coin will have a face value of 30 Brunei dollars, or about ¥2,400, with a portrait of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on the front and the flags of the two countries and cherry blossoms on the reverse.

Brunei is the fifth country from which Japan Mint has received an order to make coins.

The mint is boosting efforts to promote orders from overseas as domestic coin production declines, due partly to the rising popularity of electronic money.