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eMedals-Japan, Empire. An Order of the Rising Sun, III Class Commander, c.1910

Item: EG2942

Japan, Empire. An Order of the Rising Sun, III Class Commander, c.1910

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Japan, Empire. An Order of the Rising Sun, III Class Commander, c.1910

(Kyokujitsu_sho). Instituted in 1875. In silver gilt with white, green and violet enamels, red glass cabochon on both sides, a 5-7-5 configuration in the Paulownia flowers and larger size versus the Officer's badge designating it as III class, measuring 56.3 mm (w) x 86.5 mm (h) inclusive of its Paulownia flowers and integral suspension, light crazing evident in the purple enamels on the top flower of the central cluster of the Paulownia flowers on the reverse, on its original full-length neck ribbon, extremely fine.

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. The highest Japanese order, the Order of the Chrysanthemum, is reserved for heads of state or royalty, while the second highest order, the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, is mostly reserved for politicians.

 

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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