Yser Cross

SKU: 02.BEL.0108.101.01

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  • Bronze Cross (stamped "EMILE VLOORS") (Bronze) Obverse
  • Bronze Cross (stamped "EMILE VLOORS") (Bronze) Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Belgium
  • date of institution
    February 5, 1934
  • remarks
    The cross was engraved by Emile Vloors.

History


The Yser Medal and the Yser Cross were awarded to members of the Belgian Armed Forces, members of Allied forces, and other foreigners in recognition of distinguished service in the Battle of the Yser (IJzer) from October 17, 1914 to October 31, 1914. It was also awarded posthumously.

The Yser Cross replaced the Yser Medal on February 5, 1934. Although the Cross is considered the official form of the award, it is estimated to be very rare because recipients were made to exchange the medal for the cross at their own expense.

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Versions

  • Price

    $80 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: YSER 17-31 OCT 1914 Rev: A YSER

  • Size

    42mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

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  • Composition

    Bronze gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: YSER 17-31 OCT 1914 Rev: A YSER

  • Size

    42mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version was likely altered privately. This image of the Yser Cross is attributed to Medal-Medaille. For more information see: htt...

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  • Price

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  • Composition

    Bronze/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: YSER 17-31 OCT 1914 Rev: A YSER

  • Size

    42mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This ribbon was chosen as an unofficial option by many Flemish soldiers, as a means of identifying them as Dutch-speaking Belgians. Th...

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Miniatures

  • Price

    $40 USD

  • Size

    15mm

  • Remarks

    This version is composed of bronze.

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