Rare Japanese Medal: Korean Emperor 50th Birthday

Today I’ll introduce the Imperial 50th Birthday Commemorative Medal, established in 1901 to celebrate the 50th birthday of King Yi Hong. Again, this medal seems either to be Japanese-made, or, more likely, made in Korea under the guidance of the Japanese officials.

Here is the obverse:

Japanese occupation of Korea emperor medal

Japanese occupation of Korea emperor medal

The design has a Korean crown, nicely detailed. Here is the reverse:

Japanese occupation of Korea emperor medal

Japanese occupation of Korea emperor medal

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, Imperial Age Fifty Years Felicitations, Commemorative Silver Medal, Kwangmu 5 [1901], 9th Month 7th Day.’

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