Loyalty in Labour Medal, Type II, in Silver (stamped "M.BARDULECK FEC.")
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The Loyalty in Labour Medal or the Decoration of Honor for Workers and Servants was founded on August 10, 1894 by King Albert. It was conferred upon labourers and servants in recognition of long and faithful service. Recipients were to be over the age of 25, and had been employed in the same role for at least three consecutive years.
The Type I (1875-1894) and Type II (1875-1893) medals were not wearable. The first wearable version of the medal was introduced in 1894 (Type III). At this time, the previous non-wearable medals could be exchanged. The remaining unawarded non-wearable medals were melted down.
In 1906, the conditions for the award were changed. Recipients only needed to be a minimum age of 18, and if they performed in the military service, it was not considered a break in their employment. The Ministry of the Interior was allowed to provide these awards even before the requirements were met.
The Type II (1875-1893) non-wearable medal silver medal depicts the profile of King Albert. A total of 2,111 copies were minted. The coin engraver was Max Barduleck.
The reverse inscription changes in Type II to FÜR TREUE IN DER ARBEIT, which translates to “For Loyalty at Work”.
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