Dai Nippon
Medals and Badges
I have created this site to document the wide range of medals, awards, badges, and
fobs from imperial Japan (roughly 1874 to 1945). There are a few websites here and
there with some of these medals, but none are exhaustive. So I would like to try and
make a site with all the medals and their variants.

Start by seeing all the different medal pages I have by going to the SITE MAP.

Medals and awards issued by the Japanese government (and the puppet states of
Japan) have been documented in James Peterson's
Orders and Medals of Japan
and Associated States
. Some of the information I use on this site will be from that
book. I will quote directly from the book when that is the only place I have found that
specific piece of information. However, in order for this site to be comprehensive, I
will read the Japanese sources carefully and try to glean any additional information
from them. Although Peterson's book is good, it is only an introduction.

I would like this site to be as informative as possible, and for that to be successful, I
will no doubt need help. As you will see as you glance through the pages, some of
the photos are inadequate and some pages are incomplete. Little by little I hope to
rectify this. If anyone has nice photos that I might be able to use, I would really
appreciate it.

I think that in time I will be able to have a photo of every class of award. However,
finding all of the badges from the various military groups, military academies,
regiments, units, etc. may be impossible. First of all, there is no ready checklist of
these. Oftentimes unit commanders would have some made for his men and there
is no record of this remaining (as far as I know). Unit and regiment badges--along
with event badges--exist in great numbers. I will try and document them as they

Here is a brief introduction to Japanese medals.
I will include on every commemorative medal page (and a few of the
badge pages) a scale that shows the relative scarcity of each medal.
See the example here:
Scarcity Scale
1 dot is common. 5 is extremely rare.
I have been able to write about medals
because of the information I have
gleaned from a number of sources:
books, conversations, blogs, and online
Please feel free to correct me if I am
wrong in any of my claims. I welcome all
I also have a site dedicated to
Imperial Japan military sake
cups and bottles. HOWEVER,
it will be offline permanently
in early April. Please copy any
photos and text you wish to
preserve by then. Click here:
For example, the 1900 Boxer Rebellion medal doesn't seem to be rare, yet the prices
it commands are high. This may be related to the interest in the Boxer Rebellion
itself. I would give it 2 dots with regard to scarcity. However, I have seen it sold at
prices ranging from $300 to $650 at online auctions. In Japan it routinely sells at the
lower end of that price range.

Another example is the
WWI Victory Medal, which seems to be available almost
anywhere. Yet it still commands prices of over $100. This is puzzling...
Therefore, I have confined my judgements to the apparent rarity of the medals.
Values I will leave to others.

In addition, scaling the Orders in this fashion seems a bit unwieldy since the
different classes have been made for many years and continue to be awarded.

Of course, the higher the class of the Order, the fewer number exist. However, the
older medals of even the low classes can command high prices because they also
exist in small numbers.

As for the Korean commemorative medals, it is possible that they exist in higher
numbers in Korea. However, since I have no access to those markets nor the
Korean language, I really don't know.
Do you have Japanese or
Manchukuo medals to sell?
I am always buying, so
send me an
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