House Order of Orange, Silver Medal for Arts and Science (Type I)

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SKU: 01.NLD.0105.109.01.000

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Attributes

  • Country
    Netherlands
  • Composition
    Silver
  • Inscription
    Obv: JE MAINTIENDRAI Rev: VOOR KUNST EN WETENSCHAP
  • Size
    50mm

History


The House Order of Orange was established by Queen Wilhelmina in 1905. It is conferred at the sole discretion of the reigning Dutch monarch in recognition of meritorious service rendered to the Royal House of Orange.

This Order has a complicated history involving changes to grades and regulations. For clarity, it has been classified into three types based on overarching time periods where the award remains consistent. Type I decorations were awarded from 1905-1908, Type II decorations were awarded from 1908-1969, and Type III decorations have been awarded since 1969.

Type I decorations were awarded in 5 grades, with an additional 2-grade Cross of Merit, 3-grade Medal of Honour, 2-grade Medal for Arts and Science, and Ladies’ Cross. The 1905 design bore the motto on a ring positioned between the arms of the cross.

The medal for Arts and Sciences obverse bears the arms of the House of Orange, surmounted by the motto JE MAINTIENDRAI. The reverse is inscribed VOOR KUNST EN WETENSCHAP (For Arts and Science).

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