Order of Leopold II Belgian Medal
- Lot # 005
- System ID # 9494338
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Silver medal with blue and black enameling, 2.5" long plus the ribbon.
The Order of Leopold II is an order of Belgium and is named in honour of King Léopold II. The decoration was established on August 24, 1900 by Leopold II as king of the Congo Free State and was in 1908, upon Congo being handed over to Belgium, incorporated into the Belgian awards system. The order is awarded for meritorious service to the sovereign of Belgium, and as a token of his personal goodwill. It can be awarded to both Belgians and foreigners, and is seen as diplomatic gift of merit. The order has become a long service order for people in the civil service and is awarded alternatively with the Order of the Crown, as the Order of Leopold is awarded under rarer circumstances. The order currently stands third after the Order of Leopold (1st) and the Order of the Crown (2nd) in the Belgian honors hierarchy. The Order of Leopold II is awarded by royal decree and is issued in five classes and three medals: Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, Knight, Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Bronze Medal.