Order of Orange-Nassau, Member (Military Division)

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SKU: 01.NLD.0103.208.01.000

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Attributes

  • Country
    Netherlands
  • Makers
    Rijksmunt, Utrecht
  • Composition
    Silver/Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: JE MAINTIENDRAI Rev: W GOD ZIJ MET ONS
  • Size
    35mm

History


The Order of Orange-Nassau was established by Queen Emma in the name of her daughter, Queen Wilhelmina, in 1892. It was considered necessary to establish another order following the discontinuation of the Order of the Oak Crown and the Order of the Golden Lion of Nassau in the Netherlands. It is currently the most widely conferred order in the Netherlands. The reigning Dutch monarch is the Grand Master of the Order.

The Order is conferred upon Dutch citizens and foreigners in recognition of meritorious service to Dutch society. During the Second World War, it was conferred upon Dutch and Allied military personnel for participation in the liberation of the Netherlands and Dutch colonies.

The Order is conferred in a Civil Division and Military Division. The Military Division is awarded to military personnel, and not in recognition of military merit, although this is most often the case. The decorations of the Military Division feature crossed swords. All decorations are meant to be returned to the state following the death of a member.

The Member grade was established in 1996 following the discontinuation of the Medals of Honour. It is usually conferred in recognition of meritorious volunteer service.

The Member features an obverse inscription that translates to "I Shall Maintain," and a reverse inscription that translates to "God Be With Us." The reverse also features the royal monogram of Queen Wilhelmina. It is worn by women on a bow.

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