Photo/IllutrationThe front face of a silver coin commemorating the Meiji Restoration (Provided by the Finance Ministry)

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Japan will issue a solid silver coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration this year.

The 1,000-yen ($9.13) coin will feature a railway station in the early Meiji Era (1868-1912) in color on the front face. The design is based on a “nishiki-e” woodblock painting by ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige III.

The monochrome back face represents the dragon design of a 20-yen gold coin minted in the early Meiji Era.

The coin, four centimeters in diameter, weighs 31.1 grams. It will sell for a tax-inclusive 9,000 yen.

Applications for 50,000 coins will be accepted from Aug. 3. Detailed application procedures will be posted on the Japan Mint website at 5 p.m. on Aug. 2.