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eMedals-Netherlands, Kingdom. Two Awards, c.1870

Item: EU17581

Netherlands, Kingdom. Two Awards, c.1870

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Netherlands, Kingdom. Two Awards, c.1870

Hasselt Cross (AKA Metal Cross) 1830-1831 (Het Metalen Kruis 1830-1831). Instituted in 1831 (in bronze, measuring 29.3 mm (w) x 34.2 mm (h) inclusive of its laterally-pierced ball suspension, contact marks, original ribbon); and Cross for Important Military Operations (Ereteken voor Belangrijke Krijgsbedrijven) AKA Expedition Cross (Expeditiekruis). Instituted in 1869. In silvered fine zinc, measuring 38.8 mm (w) x 45 mm (h), spotting, contact marks, original ribbon). Together, very fine.


Footnote: The Hasselt Cross was instituted by Royal Order no. 70 on September 12, 1831 and awarded to participants in the war against Belgium of 1830-1831. Its official name is the Metalen Kruis (Metal Cross) but it is popularly known as the Hasselt Kruis (Hasselt Cross) since the bronze for the cross came from Belgian cannon captured during the Battle of Hasselt on August 8, 1831. At the Congress of Vienna in 1815, at which the Great Powers laid out the post-Napoleonic European map, Belgium became part of the new Kingdom of the Netherlands. However, the French-speaking Catholic elements of the population became increasingly disenchanted with the rule of the Dutch-speaking Protestant King Willem I and a rebellion started in Brussels in 1830. Belgian independence was declared and Dutch forces invaded but withdrew at the insistence of France and Britain. The independence of Belgium with Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha as king was ratified at the London Conference of 1830-1831. The Cross for Important Military Operations was a military decoration of Kingdom of the Netherlands. It was created by royal decree on February 19, 1869, by King William III and awarded for participation in major military operations between 1846 and 1942.

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