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Inner Mongolia Military Merit Decoration: Classes, Documents, Variations

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The only info that we have today about this rare and beautiful decoration came from page 171 of Peterson book "Orders and Medals of Japan and Associated States”, 3rd edition.

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Peterson was absolutely right about "lower classes".

Indeed this decoration has three classes

  • 1st class / approximately 48 mm in diameter, silver-gilt, rays enameled red;
  • 2nd class / approximately 42 mm in diameter, silver-gilt, rays enameled blue;
  • 3rd class / approximately 38 mm in diameter, silver, rays enameled blue.

Let`s take a look at these classes.

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Here comes another badge with golden medallion (thanks David! :cheers:) with interesting reverse.

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Please note white rivets (that hold pins) and nonparallel holders at the bottom ;)

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1st class

Variation 2 (blackened medallion)

Only one piece with blacken central medallion is known to me (and it is cased!!!).

Luckily I own this piece ;)

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Undoubtedly these badges are super rare and boxed specimens are practically impossible to find.

But of course the REAL THING will be document.

Let`s say for 1st class badge ;)

Exclusively for Japan section of GMIC!

World Première :lol:

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