'Imperial Edict 50th Anniversary Commemorative, Showa 7  January 1.'
Bronze medal, 2-piece set. However, these were sold separately (see advertisement below)
Original advertisement announcing a new Japan Mint product,
dated Showa 6 . The larger piece was 60 sen.
'Dai-nanko [Kusunoki Masashige] 600 Year Festival
Commemorative, Showa 10 .'
Bronze medal. Note the circular case.
Beautiful medal. I think this was made at the Japan Mint, but there is no inscription indicating that.
Thick and heavy. The obverse has a Japanese fan above, Imperial mums to the right, and auspicious bamboo to the
left. The reverse has a long inscription and a border decorated with small butterflies and birds.
Inscribed on the obverse 'Meiji 24  November, Commemorative Medal.' On the reverse: 'Empress Consort Visit to
the Artillery Arsenal, Inspection of the Factory, Special Imperial Gift Commemorative.'
As of 1891 there were only two artillery arsenals in Japan, one in Tokyo and one in Osaka. I'm not sure which one she
NOTE: I am not convinced this is the original case. Although the fitted inset is most likely original, the outer case looks
post-war. However, it is really nice and has the two Imperial crests sewn in.
This is not a Japan Mint medal, but it is similar. It is a bit smaller than the Mint medals.
Inscribed 'Conquer Russia Commemorative, Auxiliary Infantry 53rd Regiment 1st Battalion.'
Thick bronze medal made by the
Japan Mint. This is the 50th
Anniversary of the Osaka Asahi
Newspaper medal, made in
Showa 4 . Original case.
According to the small paper
insert, the obverse shows the main
building of the newspaper
company, and the reverse has a
poem written in the hand of the
company president (a man named
Very large bronze table medal made at the Japan Mint. You can see its relative size
in the photo to the right, placed next to a WW1 Victory table medal.
The case is also of a high quality. It appears to be leather on the outside.
Inscribed '50th Wedding Anniversary Commemorative, Showa 4 .'
The name of the couple is inscribed. The family name is Kataoka. I've researched
the names a bit online, but no results. I suspect that this medal was privately
Gold-colored table medal.
Inscribed 'Prime Minister Hamaguchi Osachi, Minister of Finance Inoue Junnousuke, Return to the Gold Standard shot in
1930 but survived, and Inoue was shot down in 1932.
On the reverse is the 1930 Ministerial Rescript. Also 'Made at the Japan Mint.'
The obverse is signed 'Hata,' who is the famous designer of medals and badges Shoukichi Hata.
Silver medal. Excellent detail. I am not sure if this is sterling silver. The numbers
Inscribed 'Prince Takamatsu Marriage Commemorative.' Prince Takamatsu was the
younger brother of Emperor Hirohito. The Prince married Tokugawa Kikuko.
On the reverse 'Showa 5  February, Made at the Japan Mint.'
The obverse is signed 'M.K.,' but I do not know who that is.
Inscribed 'Showa 5  Special Large Maneuvers Naval Review Commemorative.'
On the reverse 'At the open sea near Kobe, Showa 5  October, Made at the Japan Mint.'
Battle of Tsushima 25th Anniversary Commemorative Medal. Dated Showa 5  May.
Japan Mint Main Building Completion Commemorative Medal. Dated Showa 13  April.