orderoftheafricanstar

THE ANGLO-BELGIAN MILITARY MEDALS SOCIETY

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

ORDER OF THE AFRICAN STAR


(ORDRE DE L'ETOILE AFRICAINE)


 

BELGIANS SECOND KNIGHTHOOD ORDER ESTABLISHED FOR CONGO FREE STATE AND INCORPORATED INTO BELGIUM IN 1908 WHEN THE BELGIUM GOVERNEMENT TO CONTROL OVER THE COLONY. THE ORDER IS DISCONTINUED AFTER THE INDEPENDENCE OF CONGO IN 1960

HISTORY


The order of the African star was instituted on 30 December 1888 by King Leopold II of Belgium and King of Congo Free State. After the annaxation of Congo Free state in 1908 the order became Belgian. The order was established to award those who put there service in the colony of Congo and to the civilastion of Africa. These conditions doesn't say that the services had to be done in Congo.

 

 

DISCRIPTION OF THE AWARD


The order was created in the following classes:

 

     - Grand Cross

     - Grand Officer

     - Commander

     - Officer

     - Knight

     - Medals (gold, silver and bronze)

 

The order consist of a fivepointed golden star for the first four classes and a silver star for the fith class.

MAKERS, TYPES AND DIFFERENCES


FIRST MODEL 1900 - 1908

OFFICIER

KNIGHT

MEDALS

GOLD

FRONT

SILVER

FRONT

BRONZE

FRONT

SILVER

REVERSE

LINKS

ASSOCIATED MEMBERS