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Japanese Manchurian Border War Cased Medal

$350.00 $300.00


The 1 3/16″ diameter bronze medal features, to its obverse, a spread winged dove with stylized clouds to either side of it, flying above part of a globe, upon which Manchuria, Korea and Japan are visible and which has lines radiating from it in the background, above all of which is the Imperial Orchid blossom. To its reverse is a row of four kanji characters, which apparently translate to “National Border Incident,” above and beneath which are stylized clouds. This medal commemorates the 1939 frontier clash between Japanese/Manchurian and Soviet troops, known as the “Nomonhan incident” by the Japanese and “Khalkin Gol” by the Russians. A swiveling hanger is connected to its top, which is itself then connected to a swiveling horizontal bar, through which the ribbon is looped. To the face of the bar is embossed a row of four kanji characters, translating to “War Medal.” The 1 7/16″ wide, watered silk ribbon has a wide, central orange bar, with narrower yellow bars to either side of it, and wider blue bars to each edge. An elongated, vertical alloy hook is to its top, which folds down and mates with an alloy eye sewn near the base of its reverse. Both the medal and ribbon exhibit light age soiling. They are nested into corresponding depressions to the brown flocked interior base of its original presentation case. The flocking is lightly to moderately nap worn, but retains its color. The 2 5/16″ x 4 5/16″ x 11/16″ hard shell case, which separates along its sides, is covered in red leatherette, which also forms a hinge connecting the cover along its upper side to its base. Stamped, in gold, to the cover is a column of eight kanji characters, the first four of which repeat those seen to the reverse of the medal, the remainder repeating those seen to the ribbon bar. The exterior of the case is in great condition.