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Knight Order of the Crown


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Leopold II created the Order in 1897 as King of the Independent Congo Free State, and later, in 1908, it was incorporated into the Belgian awards system.


It was awarded for distinguished artistic, literary or scientific service in the commercial or industrial field or for long service to the country or in Africa.


It is awarded in the following classes:


Grand Cross

Grand Officer




two Palms (gold and silver), and

three medals (gold, silver and bronze). 


A Decree of February 14, 1939 authorized crossed swords to be displayed on the ribbon drape by veterans who received this Order. This applied to the Orders of Leopold I and Leopold II, as well.


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Thought I'd share some pics I have of one. This is a full-size example from a collector in France. (Thanks, Kevin, for the fabulous threads on Belgian medals!) 


Belgian Order of the Crown WWII 1.jpg


Belgian Order of the Crown WWII 1b.jpg

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