Help Identifying Chinese Naval Badge

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by norantyki, May 17, 2021.

  1. norantyki

    norantyki CoinMuncher

    Hi All!

    I just bought this on Ebay on a whim. It appears to be a badge relating to the navy of the Republic of China. There also appears to be a maker's mark on the reverse. Other than that, I know nothing about it, and would be most appreciative if someone could translate the Chinese / give me more info on it. I know the photos aren't the best (they are from the listing) - I'll try to get better ones up when I actually get the item.

    Many thanks in advance!

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  3. gxseries

    gxseries Coin Collector

    Im more of the opinion that its Japanese and related to WWII or military. It just looks more of a Sakura petal.
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  4. norantyki

    norantyki CoinMuncher

    The reason that I went down the RoC route is that a variant of this insignia is still used by the Taiwanese navy today:

    Also, the characters look Chinese to me (although I might be wrong - I do not read Chinese). Agreed about the flower though.
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  5. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    I agree that the piece is possibly a Taiwanese navy badge. Just checked with my friend for a translation. The 2 characters in the front says it is a reward for hard-working labor. Characters on the back says it is from a Navy Technology Research Center.

    Hope this helps.
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  6. gxseries

    gxseries Coin Collector

    Ah this is fascinating. The navy was formed when it was part of a Japanese colony. Thus there is some resemblance.
  7. Maurice Benas

    Maurice Benas Member

    My wife translated the Japanese as:
    It's an award medal presented to good workers at the Japanese Naval Technology Center (location is unknown)
    Back of the badge: Kaigun Gijyutsu Tenkyu Go (Naval Technology Center)
    Front of the badge: Translates as - Good Worker
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