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eMedals-China, Manchukuo, Japanese Occupation. An Order of the Pillars of State, VIII Class, c.1940

Item: EG2967

China, Manchukuo, Japanese Occupation. An Order of the Pillars of State, VIII Class, c.1940

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China, Manchukuo, Japanese Occupation. An Order of the Pillars of State, VIII Class, c.1940

(Chu Kuo Chang). Instituted in 1936. In silver with red, blue, white, black and yellow enamels, Japanese Mint issued, with one bar designating it as VIII Class, measuring 40.7 mm (w) x 51.2 mm (h) inclusive of its suspension bar, intact enamels, very dark patina, sticker highlight evident on the reverse, very light contact, original ribbon with hook and eye, near extremely fine.

Footnote: This award was one of the main orders of the Manchukuo Empire. It is said that this order corresponded with the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure, in eight classes, so it should have been freely awarded for merit. However, since the puppet empire lasted only thirteen years (1932-1945) and since this order was established on September 14, 1936 and suppressed in 1945, it is hard to find. The award is unique in that the classes are indicated by the bar or bars on the ribbon, absent on this example. The Japanese Mint produced 62,691 VIII Class awards.


This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on

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