Order Production Process
Japan Mint is producing the following orders (decorations) and medals of honor upon requests made by Decoration Bureau, Cabinet Office.
Since orders (decorations) are conferred on those who have rendered service to the nation or the public and medals of honor are awarded to those whose achievements or conduct have contributed in certain fields of society, these orders (decorations) and medals of honor must possess elements of beauty and dignity. Therefore they are mainly produced by hand with great care and fine technique.
The pattern is engraved by a numerical control engraving machine to make a working die.
Silver plates are mechanically impressed with the design of the master die.
Silver plates are mechanically stampted with the blanking die.
Unneeded portions are trimmed with a wire electrical discharge machine.
The blank is finished by filing.
The impressed blank is glazed with cloisonne enamels.
Enamel is baked in an electric furnace.
The enameled piece is polished by buffing to improve its luster.
Gold is plated on the required portion.
All components are inspected and the order is assembled.