Showa Enthronement
Commemorative Medal
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The Japan Mint made four different medals to commemorate the enthronement of
Hirohito. One is
the medal awarded to people, and the other three were sold in
department stores. (I think I read somewhere that Mitsukoshi had exclusive rights to
sell these, but I'll have to verify that.)

Actually, only one of the remaining three could be called a medal. The other two
were medallions. Although I don't have actual pictures of all four, I have posted
some pictures from an old history of the Japan Mint for reference.
The reverse is inscribed 'Showa 3 [1928] November 10, Imperial Enthronement Commemorative.'
Between the Imperial Ho-o birds 'Japan Mint' is engraved.
A close-up of the ribboned medal.
The reverse is inscribed 'Showa 3 [1928] November, Imperial Enthronement Commemorative.'
A medallion.
The reverse is inscribed 'Showa 3 [1928] November 10, Imperial Enthronement Commemorative.'
At the bottom 'Japan Mint' is engraved.
A medallion. Plain reverse.
Inscribed 'Banzai, Showa 3 [1928] November 10, Imperial Enthronement Commemorative.'
Japanese Mint medal with original paper envelope and cardboard backing.

Inscribed 'Showa Emperor Enthronement Commemorative Medal, Showa 3
[1928], November 10. Made by the Japanese Mint.'

Bronze version.

The envelope reads 'Gift from Osaka Noriai Automotive Company, Showa
Emperor Enthronement Commemorative Medal. Made by the Japanese
Mint.' This inscription suggests that the automotive company ordered a
number of these to be given as gifts to customers or perhaps to employees.
Japanese Mint medal with original paper envelope and cardboard backing.

Inscribed 'Showa Emperor Enthronement Commemorative Medal, Showa 3
[1928], November 10. Made by the Japanese Mint.'

The envelope reads 'Showa Emperor Enthronement Commemorative
Medal. Made by the Japanese Mint. Authorized to be sold at Mitsukoshi
Department Store. Trademark numbers 37761 and 37763.'

Sterling silver version. Marked '950' on the rim.