Miniature Silver Medal (for 24 Years, 1951-1983)
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The Army Long Service Medal was established by Royal Decree in 1825. It is currently awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men in recognition of long and faithful service in the Dutch Army. Service in the colonies counted for twice as long as service elsewhere.
In 1904, three clasps were created for the medal. These include a bronze “XVIII” clasp that is awarded for 18 years of service in the Netherlands, a silver “XXX” clasp that is awarded for 30 years of service in the Netherlands, and a silver "XVIII" clasp that is awarded for 9 years of service in the Dutch East Indies.
There are multiple versions of the medal that differ in engraving, size and inscription. The first version features a “W” on the obverse for King William, but this was changed by Queen Juliana in 1951 to feature a “J.” Queen Beatrix changed the obverse once again to the original “W” in 1983. There have also been numerous changes to the spelling and punctuation of the reverse inscription, although all translate to “For Loyal Service.” In addition to these versions, there are others that differ in size due to a change made in 1928.
From 1904-1984, the reverse was worn as the obverse. There may be additional versions that vary in size.
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