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THE ANGLO-BELGIAN MILITARY MEDALS SOCIETY

'THE GLIMPS OF WAR REFLECTED IN THE BRAVERY AND SERVICE OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR OTHERS'

COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL 1870-71


(DECORATION COMMEMORATIVE DE 1870-71)


 

Here you will find all Belgian Military medals in existance from 1830 till the second World War. Each medal has a full description of its establishment, grades, wearing and design, combined with a collectors guide for rarity, age and differences in makers. The database does not give a value on Belgian military medals. 

HISTORY


During the Fresh-Prussian war in 1870, the Belgian governement demanded the mobilisation of the army to protect the borders of the nation in the south. The medal was issued 40 years later on 20 July 1911 and stated that the awardee must have served in the Belgian army between 15 July 19870 and 5 March 1871.

MAKERS, TYPES AND DIFFERENCES


TYPES

DISCRIPTION OF THE AWARD


The commemorative medal of 1870-71 was made in bronze and measured 32mm in diameter. On the front stands a coat of arms with a Belgian lion and a crown above, placed between the motto of the nation: 'L'union fait la force. On the reverse we find the letter A in a calligrafy type with beneath the dates 1870-1871.

 

The ribbon has the colors of the national flag with stripes of 5mm wide. On the ribbon we find somethimes a gilded bar with the text 'Federation 1870-71'. These bars were not official authorised and were not mentioned in the Royal Degree. 

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