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eMedals-Japan, Empire. A Merit Medal for Philanthropists (Konjuhosho)

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Japan, Empire. A Merit Medal for Philanthropists (Konjuhosho)

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Japan, Empire. A Merit Medal for Philanthropists (Konjuhosho)

In silver, measuring 30.3 mm in diameter, on its original dark navy blue ribbon with hook and eye, indicating an award to philanthropists, contact marks, better than very fine. In a balsa wood box with handwritten inscriptions on the lid and on one side, cotton batten medal bed, chipping and discolouration evident on the exterior, box fine. Footnote: The dark navy blue ribbon for the Merit Medal was established by Imperial Edict No. 349 of September 19, 1918, for award to those who contribute their private fortunes to the public welfare. It was originally awarded to philanthropists for a minimum contribution of 10,000 Yen but due to inflation, the official minimum has been increased to 100,000 Yen. Unlike the other merit medals, this medal has no character on the reverse and is not engraved with the recipient's name.
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