THE IRON MEDAL WAS MOSTLY AWARDED FOR COMBATANTS WHO WHERE INJURED DURING THE BELGIAN REVOLUTION. ALTHOUGH THE MEDAL HAVE THE LOOKS OF THE COIN IT IS A FULLY OFFICIAL AWARD. MOST OF THE RECIPIENTS ADDED A RIBBON TO THE MEDAL FOR WEIR.
The Iron Medals was established in the same Royal degree for the Iron Cross on 30 december 1833.
The Iron medal has a Belgian Lion on top of a monument, flanked with the Belgian Colours, in the frontside of the medal and bares the moto: AUX DEFENSEURS DE LA PATRIE. On the reverse are the nine coat of arms of the Belgian provinces brought together in a circle with the sun in the middle with the year 1830 on it. The moto: INDEPENDANCE DE LA BELGIQUE flanks the reverse of the medal. On the bottom of the reverse we find a laurel- and palmbranch crossed together.
The Iron medal was issued without a ribbon, what gives it more the look of a token than a medal. This didn't fell well with the recipients and all sorts of suspension and ribbons were placed on the medal for wearing.
The diameter of the medal is 31,6 mm and has an octogonal form. The engraver and designer of the medal was F. JOUVENEL who's name is engraved on the bottom of the frontside from the medal.