Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands

Figure 1: Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands, obverse. Image courtesy of Dorotheum.

Introduction:

The Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands (Silberne Militarvberdienstmedaille Kaiser Leopolds II fur die Niederlande) was issued between 1790 and 1793 to honor those volunteers from the Austrian Netherlands/Belgium province of Limburg who responded to the call to arms and who performed acts of heroism or who provided exceptionally meritorious service.  What follows is a description of this award.

Medal Numismatics:

Date Issued:  1790 – 1793

Reason Issued:  As a reward for acts of outstanding bravery or exceptionally meritorious service during the uprisings in the Netherlands in 1790 and the war with the French Republic in 1792-93

Classes or Types:  One

Interesting Facts: None Known

Hallmarks:  None Known

Design:  A round medal pierced at the top with a small hole through which passes a suspension ring (see Figure 1 above).

Figure 2: Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands, obverse. Image courtesy of Dorotheum.

Obverse:  A plain background on which is an inscription in five lines: FIDES/ ET/ CONSTANTIA/ PATRII.MILITIS (faithful and persevering the soldiers of the fatherland). On the upper edge of the medal and above the inscription are clasped hands emerging from clouds. On the lower edge of the medal are crossed branches of oak on the viewers left and a laurel on the right, tied with a ribbon. The medal is edged with fine rope design.

Figure 3: Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands, reverse. Image courtesy of Dorotheum.

Reverse:  A plain background on which is an inscription in four lines: PAX. / ET. / SECVRITIS. / PVBLICA. (Peace and public security). Above the inscription near the top edge of the medal are two inverted cornucopias fastened together at the base by a ribbon. Below the inscription and near the bottom edge of the medal are four crossed flags with their poles passing through an oak wreath.  The reverse of the medal has a rope design on the edge similar to the obverse

Weight: 10 grams by itself and 11 grams if the ring for attaching it to its ribbon is included

Size:  30 mm in diameter

Type of Material: Silver

Variations: 

  • As described above
  • As described above but with no suspension eye
  • As described above except with an attached suspension eye

Designer: Unknown

Manufacturer: Unknown

Number Issued:  Unknown

Case:  Unknown

Ribbon: a 35 mm wide half dark-rose and half white ribbon with the rose portion on the viewers left.

Figure 4: Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands ribbon. Image from the author’s archive.

Attachments:  None

Miniature:  None known

Hope you enjoyed this blog. Until next time I hope you find joy in our shared interest

Rick

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