Japan Mint
Commemorative Medals
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Imperial Japan
Medals and
Badges
'Crown Prince Overseas Voyage Commemorative, Taisho 10 [1921] March 3.'
Silver medal.
'Crown Prince Overseas Voyage Commemorative, Taisho 10 [1921] March 3.'
Bronze medal.
'Birth of the Crown Prince Commemorative, Showa 8 [1933] December 23rd.'
Silver medal.
'Birth of the Crown Prince Commemorative, Showa 8 [1933] December 23rd.'
Bronze medal.
'Admiral Togo Commemorative, Showa 9 [1934] October.'
Silver medal.
'Admiral Togo Commemorative, Showa 9 [1934] October.'
Bronze medal.
In addition to making various medals and orders, the Japan Mint also issued commemorative medals.
These were high-quality pieces that were generally produced in both silver and bronze.

These are heavy pieces. They weigh around 100 grams each (without the box) and measure 5.5 cm
diameter and about 0.5 cm thick.

The fitted cases were often made by Mitsukoshi department store, so it is probable that they were sold
in those stores as well. The cases vary in color and style, though. Some are unmarked.

Although I have no documentation, I do not believe that these medals were awarded to anyone. It is
more likely that they were bought. However, the quality suggests that these were expensive items.

Note that the cases vary in color and shape. In addition, some are inscribed on the outer lid and some
on the inner. Many of these have smaller versions with a ring suspension. These were sold in small
cases and they have no ribbons.

I have a few examples on this and other pages, but I am not sure how many were made. Somewhere
there must be a checklist of sorts, so if anyone has access to this information, I would appreciate
seeing it.
Beautiful medal. I think this was made at the Japan Mint, but there is no inscription indicating that.

Inscribed 'Meiji 33 [1900] May 10th,  Wedding Anniversary of the Crown Prince of Japan
Commemorative.' This was of course the later Taisho Emperor. It is interesting to see the decoration on
the Japanese fan handle (center of the medal) is the same decoration that can be seen on the fan medal
celebrating the 25th Wedding Anniversary (see below).
Beautiful fan-shaped medal made by the Japan Mint. Inscribed
'Taisho 14 [1925] May, Silver Wedding Anniversary of the
Emperor and Empress of Japan Commemorative.'

This is the Showa Emperor Enthronement medal, bronze version. Dated Showa 3 [1928] November 10th.

Battle of Tsushima 25th Anniversary Commemorative Medal. Dated Showa 5 [1930] May.
The smaller matching badge for the above medal.
These were sold separately, no doubt at a more
reasonable price. No ribbons were attached.

'Crown Prince Overseas Voyage Commemorative,
Taisho 10 [1921] March 3.'

There is also a pure gold version of the small
badge.

Japan Mint Main Building Completion Commemorative Medal. Dated Showa 13 [1938] April.
Note that this medal has the same obverse as the medal above, but the reverse on this one shows the
battleship Mikasa. The inscription on this shows that this is a commemorative of the famous warship.
No date, but it is almost certainly from the same year as its companion medal, 1934.