WWII Japanese Civilian First Census Medal
The award was created to recognize individuals who participated directly in the first
national census. The medal was also given to personnel who assisted in the execution of
Construction consists of 30 mm of dark bronze. The front of the medal shows the figure of a
local official of the Taika era (645 A.D.) holding in his hand a scroll of a family register.
The figure of the man is enclosed in a chrysantemum crest. The back of the medal has an
inscription that reads "Taisho, 9th year, national census, commemorative medal, 10th
month 1st day".
The medal is suspended with a leaf shaped grip and a bud-shaped ball, with a ring. The
ribbon consists of 37 mm watered silk, with 2mm black edges and three equal stripes of the
following colors: Purple, black, Purple.
||October 1, 1920 (according to imperial Edict #272)
||1944 (Edict #418)
||1946 (Government ordinance #177)
This page is a recognition and identification guide for Japanese WWII medals.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point
out specific points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my Japanese medal worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the WWII gear is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the items in the collector's market is illustrated.
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Many WWII Japanese medals are currently
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other WWII Japanese items, you can do so by going
to our WWII Japanese Collectibles
identification guide, where we discussed items from different groups and organizations.