A 2016 silver dollar from Niue celebrates a legendary Japanese dog.
Hachiko, born Nov. 10, 1923, was an Akita from Japan who is famously
known for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, which continued for
many years after his owner’s death.
Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor, took Hachiko as a pet in 1924. Soon
after, Hachiko made a habit of greeting him at the end of each workday
at Shibuya Station in Tokyo. Dog and owner continued this daily
routine until May of 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return, due to
his untimely passing.
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Although the professor never returned to the train station, Hachiko
stayed faithfully waiting each day for the next nine years for his
owner to return.
Hachiko became a national sensation for this devotion, and today
Hachiko’s legendary faithfulness is a symbol of loyalty in Japan that
people strive to replicate. He is internationally known and has been
the subject of many articles and a full-length major motion picture.
Hachiko died March 8, 1935, near Shibuya Station.
A bronze statue in his likeness is permanently in place at the
Shibuya Station, and is a popular meeting spot.
Each year on the anniversary of his death, Hachiko’s loyalty is
honored with a ceremony, where hundreds of dog lovers come to pay
tribute and celebrate his life.
The Proof .999 fine silver dollar measures 45 millimeters in diameter.
It has a mintage of 2,500 pieces and retails for $79.95 from
distributor Panda America.
To order, visit the firm’s website.