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Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands

Introduction: In 1790 Emperor Leopold II established the Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands (Silberne Militarvberdienstmedaille Kaiser Leopolds II fur die Niederlande) as a reward for acts of outstanding bravery during the uprisings in the Netherlands in 1790. The award of this medal

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Just a British War Medal

For those of us who collect medals, not just for the medal, but also for “the man behind the medal,” single medals or broken groups are a great source of enjoyment due to the pleasant hours of research that they can provide. One such medal is a

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The 1815 Reorganization of the Order of the Bath – Part 2

In my previous blog entitled “The 1815 Reorganization of the Order of the Bath – Part 1”, I discussed the establishment of the newly created three classes of the Order of the Bath and expanded on aspects of the First Class or Knights Grand Cross (G.C.B.). This

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Red Cross Decoration, Part I: The Red Cross Merit Star

Date Issued:  The Red Cross Decoration (Ehrenzeichen vom Roten Kreuz) was authorized on August 22, 1914 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1864 ratification of the Geneva Convention and was issued until 1923. Reason Issued:  This decoration was issued for meritorious service in support

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Territorial Force War Medal to Royal Artillery Officers

Figure 1: Obverse (left) and reverse of the Territorial Force War Medal.  Medal collectors generally are quite aware of numbers – especially when those numbers indicate the number of medals awarded for a specific campaign or the number of clasps awarded to a specific regiment for a

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Narrow Suspender LS&GC Medal with years on the edge

In early 1875 the Admiralty decided to discontinue the WIDE suspender LS & GC medal and introduce the Narrow suspender.  This took the suspender width from 1½ to 1¼ inches.  This doesn’t sound like much, but results in an significant visual reduction when compared side by side.  Simultaneous

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Kingdom of Saxony – Swords on Ring

The attachment of the so called “Swords on Ring” to order decorations embodied in all cases a symbol for those that had been awarded decorations for merit in war and for bravery once being promoted to a higher grade of an order. Without this attribute, the sign

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Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Provence of Limburg

Introduction: In 1790 Emperor Leopold II established the Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of Limburg (Figure 1) Erinnerungs-Medaille für Freiwilligeaus der Provinz Limburg) as a reward for bravery or especially meritorious service to the empire by those volunteers from the Austrian Netherlands/Belgium province of Limburg who responded to

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Royal Navy Anchor variant Long Service & Good Conduct Medal – Roll and Extant List

Since my last blogs, where I announced the Royal Navy WIDE suspender Long Service and Good Conduct medal roll and extant list,  I have now added all the Royal Marines from the Douglas Morris roll, along with some more known extant medals.  So please use this roll

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Blood is thicker than water, Taku Forts 1859

  The common approach to awarding British medals or clasps only for victories has a downside. What interesting events took place that were characterized as a defeat and  therefore did not end up with a  medal or clasp to commemorate the event? I don’t know much about

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