Circular dark alloy medal with swivel grip and ring suspension; the face with a gilt chrysanthemum crest in the centre of the Imperial throne, a stylise cloud symbolising good fortune on either side, the characters for ‘Banzai’ (May the Emperor live ten thousand years) below; all encircled by a border of cherry and mandarin orange blossom; the reverse with a banner inscribed in characters ‘Grand Enthronement Commemorative Medal’ with stylised clouds on either side and inscribed ‘Showa 3rd Year, 11th Month’; age-toned; on original ribbon complete with hook and eye fittings; in original fitted embossed case of issue, much of the surface of the edges now absent.
The Medal was created by Imperial Edit on 1 August 1928 awarded on 10 to 15 November of that year to those who attended the ceremonies of the accession in Kyoto and elsewhere and to those who officiated or assisted at them.
Emperor Hirohito reigned from 1926 to 1989, the longest reign of any Japanese emperor. The reign of Hirohito saw great changes in Japanese society, from being titular head of a militaristic and expansionary regime and endowed with divine status to constitutional monarch of a modern consumer society. There was a strong body of opinion in 1945 in favour of trying the Emperor for war crimes but the need for stability in Japanese society and the view that he had exercised influence for moderation in very limiting circumstances saw that eventuality avoided.