Crown Order, Type III, Grand Cross

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SKU: 01.NLD.0105.501.01.000

  • Grand Cross Star and Badge

Estimated market value:

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Attributes

  • Country
    Netherlands
  • Makers
    Koninklijke Begeer, Voorschoten
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: JE MAINTIENDRAI Rev: W
  • Version Remarks
    The image of the Grand Cross of Honour with Sash is attributed to Nicholas Jackson at Wikipedia and is used in the public domain. See the following page for more information: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Order_of_the_Crown_(Netherlands)_Grand_Cross.jpg

History


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

This Order has a complicated history of grades and awarding statutes. For clarity, it has been classified into three types based on the 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 III decorations are awarded in three different groups: the Order of the House of Orange, the Crown Order, the Order of Loyalty and Merit, and Honorary Medals.

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 III decorations are awarded in four different groups: the Order of the House of Orange, the Crown Order, the Order of Loyalty and Merit, and Medals.

The Crown Order is conferred upon foreigners in recognition of meritorious service rendered to the Dutch Royal House. It is often conferred upon members of other royal houses.

The Grand Cross features an obverse inscription that translates to “I Will Maintain.”

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