Japanese Medal: Rare Korean Empire Emperor Enthronement

Today I would like to show the rare Enthronement Commemorative Medal, established in 1907 when Prince Soonjoong became Emperor Yunghui. This medal was struck in silver and bronze. If it followed the Japanese style (as it probably did), the silver was awarded to nobility and the bronze to officials and others who may have qualified for the medal. The design, inscription, and ribbon are the same on both.

Here are the obverses of the two, side by side.

 

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And the reverses of both:

korea empire emperor enthronement medal japanese japan

Here is a close-up of the obverse:

korea empire emperor enthronement medal japanese japan

The design has a Korean Imperial Army helmet superimposed on a plum blossom. The characters read ‘Enthronement Commemorative Medal.’

korea empire emperor enthronement medal japanese japan

The inscription here is entirely in Korean, which I cannot read. I will use the translation given in Peterson’s excellent book Orders and Medals of Japan and Associated States:

‘Great Korean Empire, Great Korean Emperor, Enthronement Ceremony Commemorative Medal, Yunghui 1 [1907], 8th Month 27th Day.’

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