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eMedals-Japan, Empire. An Order of the Rising Sun, I Class Grand Cordon Star, c.1910

Item: EG2941

Japan, Empire. An Order of the Rising Sun, I Class Grand Cordon Star, c.1910

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Japan, Empire. An Order of the Rising Sun, I Class Grand Cordon Star, c.1910

(旭日章 Kyokujitsu-shō). Instituted in 1875 by Emperor Meiji. A finely manufactured silver star, consisting of eight arms, each composed of three individual rays with pebbled fields and smooth borders, obverse centre presenting a white enameled, multiple ray sunburst with red glass cabochon, center reverse impressed with Japanese script, reverse with dual stays and principle pin assembly, measuring 89 mm (w) x 88 (h), contact wear to obverse, tarnishing around glass cabochona, 11 o’clock and 12 o’clock ray clusters bent inwards, centerpiece slightly loose, near very fine condition.

Footnote: The Order of the Rising Sun is a Japanese order, established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji of Japan. The Order was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese government, created on April 10, 1875 by decree of the Council of State. The badge features rays of sunlight from the rising sun. The design of the Rising Sun symbolizes energy as powerful as the rising sun in parallel with the "rising sun" concept of Japan ("Land of the Rising Sun"). The order is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in the following fields: international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment. Prior to the end of the Second World War, it was also awarded for exemplary military service. Beginning in 2003, the two lowest rankings (7th and 8th classes) for the Order of the Rising Sun were abolished, with the highest degree becoming a separate order known as the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, with the single rank of Grand Cordon. While it is the third highest order bestowed by the Japanese government, it is however generally the highest ordinarily conferred order.

 

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 eMedals.com.

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