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The 1887 Yellow Ribbon
Medal of Honor
黄綬褒章

This drawing is from a Field Artilleryman textbook dated 1912.

This drawing is from a medal book dated 1934.
Established in 1887 and abolished in 1947. However, the last medal awarded was in 1894. It
was replaced with the current Yellow Ribbon Merit of Medal in 1955. This medal was issued
in both gold and silver versions. A total of 572 silver medals were awarded, but only 54 gold
medals were. A donation of 5,000 yen to the Coastal Defense Fund made one eligible for the
silver medal, and 10,000 yen was required to get a gold medal.

Peterson's translation of the reverse is incorrect. It actually reads 'Support for the Coastal
Defense Enterprise.'
A comparison of the cases of the early 1887 Yellow Ribbon Medal of Honor and the
later cases. There are some major differences: a push-lock latch, raised gilt
characters, plush unfitted purple interior, and a brown colored lacquer. In addition, it
is slightly larger than the regular Merit Medal case.

Although it is certain that the case on the left was used for the 1887 Yellow Medal of
Honor, it may have been used for the earliest Medals of Honor as well. But I am not
sure of that.

This drawing is from a medal book dated 1941.
One-page Handbook for the Medal of Honor detailing
when the medal should be returned to the Decorations
Bureau. 'When one has been removed from the family
register; when one has officially changed one's name;
when a serious crime has been committed; upon death.'
The date here is Meiji 15 [1882] amended with a red
stamp twice reading Meiji 20 [1887]. Nothing here is
hand-written--only the date stamps and the Decorations
Bureau stamp have been added.
One-page document from the Decorations Bureau. This
should detail the amount of the donation and the date,
but nothing has been filled in. The Yellow Ribbon Medal
of Honor is specifically referred to, though.
One-page document detailing how to wear the Yellow Ribbon
Medal of Honor . 'The medal should be worn on the left breast.
When orders and war dispatch medals medals are also worn, it
should be to the far left, according to the Imperial Ordinance 16 of
Meiji 20 [1887] May 23 as well as Imperial Ordinance 63 of Meiji
14 [1881] December 7.

Dated Meiji 20 [1887] September.
Two pages hand-written attached to a printed page. Official stamp
connects the two. Here the recipient's name has been cut out.

The red portion is dated Meiji 20 [1887] October 11.
I cannot read the attached document's date.