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1975, Japan, Showa Period. Proof Silver "Imperial Visit to the USA" Medal. 80.31gm!

Mint Year: 1975 Mint Place: Osaka Condition: Colorful toning, otherwise a nice proof in original box of issue! Denomination: Medal - Japanese Emperor & Empress Visit to USA during 1975. Material: Silver (.950) Weight: 80.31gm Diameter: 55mm

Obverse: Skyline of New York with clouds and Statue of Liberty in the Center Legend: 奉祝 / 天皇 · 皇后両陛下 / 御訪米記念 ("Celebration /  Emperor and Empress /  Visit to the United States")

Reverse:  Two flying phoenixes above the Niju Bridge and Imperial Palace Legend: JAPANESE EMPEROR & EMPRESS VISIT TO U.S.A. / 1975

Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako Kuni completed a goodwill tour of the United States in October 1975 officially concluding the State visit in Honolulu on October 13, 1975. Emperor Hirohito state visit encompassed Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Emperor Shōwa pursued marine biology interests at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego on October 9, 1975 and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at Cape Cod on October 4, 1975.

The Japanese royal family joined U.S. President Gerald Ford's Administration at the White House seeking to bolster a Pacific friendship while developing a better comprehension of American culture and Japanese culture.

Hirohito(裕仁, 29 April 1901 – 7 January 1989) was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession. He reigned as the Emperor of the Empire of Japan (大日本帝國) from 25 December 1926 until 2 May 1947 and of the state of Japan (日本国) from 3 May 1947 until his death on 7 January 1989. He was succeeded by his fifth child and the eldest son, Akihito. Emperor Showa and his wife Empress Kojun had seven children, two sons and five daughters. In Japan, reigning emperors are known simply as "the Emperor" and he is now referred to primarily by his posthumous name, Shōwa (昭和), which is the name of the era coinciding with his reign; for this reason, he is also known as the Shōwa Emperor or Emperor Shōwa.

At the start of his reign, Japan was already one of the great powers—the ninth-largest economy in the world, the third-largest naval power, and one of the four permanent members of the council of the League of Nations. He was the head of state under the Constitution of the Empire of Japan during Japan's imperial expansion, militarization, and involvement in World War II. After Japan's surrender, he was not prosecuted for war crimes as many other leading government figures were, and his degree of involvement in wartime decisions remains controversial. During the post-war period, he became the symbol of the new state under the post-war constitution and Japan's recovery, and by the end of his reign, Japan had emerged as the world's second largest economy.

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