Japan Mint
Commemorative Medals
造幣局製 記念章
'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. 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.
Japan Mint manufacture.

Inscribed 'Meiji 33 [1900] May 10th,  Wedding 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.
The smaller matching badge for the above medal.
These were sold separately, no doubt at a more
reasonable price. No ribbons were attached.
Hallmarked .950 on the edge.

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

There is also a pure gold version of the small
badge.
Japan Mint hallmark on the edge.
The official small badges for the Showa Emperor Enthronement, both silver and bronze versions. Dated Showa 3 [1928] November 10th.
Two commemorative watch fobs from the
Japanese Mint. One is dated Showa 8 [1933]
and the other Showa 9 [1934]. Both reverses
Mint.' These were probably sold to visitors to
the Mint in the respective years.

This case is fitted, but I suspect it was privately
made.
Japanese Mint hallmark on both the case and reverse of the medal.

Inscribed 'Showa 8 [1933] July. Otaru City Establishment of the New Government Building.'
Otaru City is in Hokkaido.

Diameter: about 6 cm.
Japanese Mint hallmark on edge of the medal.

Inscribed 'Showa 4 [1929] July. Japanese Mint Establishment of a New  Building.'