The 2016 Rio Olympic Games were barely complete (and the Paralympic
Games had yet to commence) when Japan’s Ministry of Finance announced
that Japan would issue two silver Handover coins for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Japan’s Mint will strike two 1,000-yen coins, each featuring color
to enhance Olympic rings and flags, marking the handover of the Summer
Games from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo.
These will be the first Japanese coins with color printing on both
sides, according to the Aug. 26 announcement from the Ministry of Finance.
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The flag handover ceremony from the current host to the future hosts
closes out the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games and the
The .999 fine silver 1,000-yen coins each weigh 31.1 grams and
measure 40 millimeters in diameter.
The coins feature either the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem or the
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games emblem on the reverse, in full color, each
with a distinctive obverse featuring differing imagery (incorporating
national flowers and flag colors, games flags, a globe and more) that
ties together the two nations.
The coins have a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces per design;
wholesale sales begin in September and the coins are due for release
“around December” 2016.
The official issue price is set as 9,500 yen (about $92.31 U.S.) but
the Ministry of Finance did not specify whether that was for one or
PandaAmerica is the official distributor for the Japan Mint in the
United States; to learn more, or order the coins, contact the company