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Old 07-31-2014, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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I tried many other places before doing this, so I hope someone can help. I have a medal, which came with a bundle of old coins, which I would guess to be Chinese. I don't read any dialect of Chinese and do not recognize the gentleman depicted on the front. From the style it appears to be from the first half of the 20th century, and that is just a guess.

Obverse:


Reverse:

I hope those are clear enough. Thank you in advance for any knowledge.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Singapore
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Hello, I'm going to take a stab at this.

The text on the reverse reads "Souvenir Marking the Establishment of Manchukuo"

Manchukuo was a puppet state in Northeast China during the 1930s. Its emperor was Aisin-Gioro Puyi, or better known as Puyi in the famous film "The Last Emperor of China". I can't make out the face on the front of the medal but he could very well be Puyi himself, judging by the characteristic round-framed glasses he wears.

That's all I'm capable of, I'm sure Bettafish would be able to help you out.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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Oh, wow. It never occurred to me that might be Pu Yi. This definitely resembles pictures of him, especially the glasses as you point out, and the hairstyle seems to match. So this is either issued by the Japanese (who were running the show), or by the Manchukuo government at Japanese direction. That also firmly dates it to 1931-32, which is when Japan took control in Manchuria; maybe 1933 at the latest, but it could not be before 1931. That is a tremendous help, lepillow, thank you very much. I don't hold out hope that it's valuable, but I enjoy the process of figuring out what something is.
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