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 was later expanded to those who had participated in the war with the French Republic in 1792-93. (Figure 1) What follows is a detailed numismatic description of this medal.
Date Issued: 1790-1793
Reason Issued: As a reward for acts of outstanding bravery during the uprisings in the Netherlands in 1790 and the war with the French Republic in 1792-93
Classes or Types: One
Hallmarks: None Known
Design: A round medal pierced at the top with a small hole through which passes a suspension ring.
Obverse (Figure 2): 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, oak on the viewers left and a laurel on the right, tied with a ribbon. The medal is edged with fine beading in a rope pattern.
Reverse (Figure 3): 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 cornucopias fastened together at the base by a ribbon. Below the inscription and near the bottom edge of the medal are crossed flags with their poles passing through an oak wreath. The reverse of the medal is beaded in a fashion 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
Type of Material: Silver
- As described above
- As described above but with no suspension eye
- As described above except with an attached suspension eye
Number Issued: Unknown
Ribbon (Figure 4): a 35 mm wide half dark rose and half white ribbon.
Miniature: None known
Miniature: None known
Hope you have enjoyed the short numismatic description of this old and historic medal. Next time I will describe the Red Cross Decoration, first class.