Japan World War II, Gilding Bronze Medal

Japan 2600th National Foundation
Celebration Commemorative Medal
紀元二千六百年祝典記念章

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Japanese - Year 2600 Imperial Dating System Emperor Jimmu (1940)

 

OBVERSE: Imperial Mum crest and the Sacred Double Bridge of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.


REVERSE: 'Imperial Year 2600, Imperial Celebration Commemorative Medal, Showa 15 [1940].'

Made by the Japan Mint

 

紀元二千六百年祝典記念章

初代の神武天皇が即位した年を皇紀元年とし、それから2600年目の昭和15年(1940)には、皇紀二千六百年として記念式典や奉祝会が盛大に行われた。 金色章

 

 

1940年(昭和15年)11月11日
紀元2600年記念式典会場

 

Japan 2600th National Foundation Celebration Commemorative Medal

In an effort to bolster national spirit, the 2600th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Empire was celebrated in 1940. The special dating system (now no longer used) was called the Imperial Dating System. The first year was 600 BC, the date assigned to the mythical founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.

Celebrations were held around the country. A women's version was also issued.

OBVERSE: Imperial Mum crest and the Sacred Double Bridge of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
REVERSE: 'Imperial Year 2600, Imperial Celebration Commemorative Medal, Showa 15 [1940].'

The ribbon, according to Peterson, 'is light violet with eight 1 mm red lines 2.5 mm apart in the center. The violet represents the great sky, red is for loyalty, and the eight lines symbolize the motto, ''hakkoichiu'' (the eight parts of the world in one universe) referring to the militarists' dream
of world domination.'

There were less than 200,000 medals struck. The medal was designed by Hata Shokichi, an instructor at Tokyo Fine Arts Academy. Mr. Hata also designed the prestigious Order of Culture (Bunka Kunshou).

 

 

 

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