1 dot is common. 5 is extremely rare.
|The Border Incident
This medal commemorates the Nomonhan Incident, a clash with Russia that happened in Manchuria.
The medal is a yellow bronze. The attached bar says 'War Medal.'
OBVERSE: Pu-Yi's orchid crest is above. In the center is a dove with outstretched wings. Below is part of
the globe showing Asia. Also clouds and rays.
REVERSE: 'Border Incident.'
According to Peterson, there is a rarer variant with slight differences, the main one being the dove is
thinner. Although he is correct on there being a variant, I am not sure it is so much rarer. In fact, I have
seen many more 'rarer variant' medals than the regular one. So perhaps until more information is
available, the thin dove should be variant 1 and the fat dove variant 2. Both are pictured below.
The other major differences can be seen by contrasting the orchid crest above, the clouds, and the
globe/map below. The differences are easy to spot.
Posthumous Border Incident medal award document given to Higashi
Muneharu [or Souji]. He died in this conflict on August 30, 1938.
Variant 1 obverse
Variant 2 obverse
Variant 1 reverse
Variant 2 reverse
1. National Prime Minister Zhang Jinghui,
2. This medal is recorded as number 101765 in
the Border Incident War Dispatch
Commemorative Medal rolls
3. Awards & Medals Bureau Head, Zhang [??]
1. Record of Receiving the Border Incident
War Dispatch Commemorative Medal
2. According to Imperial Rescript #310 of
Kou Toku 7 
3. The Border Incident War Dispatch
Commemorative Medal is awarded to
4. Minoura Toyo, the Border Incident War
Dispatch Commemorative Medal
Awarded to Hirata [?] on the same date as above, November 25, 1940.
Awarded to Kikumoto Katusmi on the same date as above, November 25, 1940.