100109 | JAPAN/RUSSIA. Mutsuhito (Emperor Meiji) silver Medal.
100109 | JAPAN & RUSSIA. Mutsuhito (Emperor Meiji) silver Medal. Struck circa 1905. Commemorating the Battle of Tsushima (55mm, 67.39 g, 12h).
Wreath and artillary shell before Japanese Army and Navy flags crossed in saltire; sakura blossoms around / Legend in four lines in Japanese within circular maeander border; Japanese legend around; all within circular border of alternating anchors and stars.
Cf. Smirnov 1343. Choice Mint State. Exceptionally flawless and brilliant surfaces, with a highly attractive rainbow tone. Includes original case of issue and dealer's sticker. An exceptionally rare piece, especially given the state of preservation and the pedigree.
Ex Virgil M. Brand Collection (not in Sotheby's sales, consigned to and sold privately by Burdette G. Johnson [with his ticket] in 1946).
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