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Commemorative Medal of the Election of King Leopold I of Belgium in 1831, 1831

  • bronze
  • Inv. 1921-DD

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On 4 June 1831, the election for the kingship of Belgium took place in the National Congress. There were 196 members present and the Prince of Saxe-Coburg received 152 votes. He was therefore declared the victor by the chairman Mr. de Gerlache. A delegation of nine members of the Congress immediately went to London to tell Prince Leopold-George-Chrétien-Frédéric of Saxon-Coburg of the joyful news. The medal commemorates this event that ended an uncertain period after the Revolution that made Belgium independent. On the obverse is an allegorical representation of Lady Belgica holding a laurel wreath over the bust of Leopold I. On the reverse is a closed wreath of oak and laurel leaves with the inscription LIBERTAS BELGARUM ASSERTA.


François De Hondt RKD Wikidata
Bruges 1786 - Bruges 1862

Title Commemorative Medal of the Election of King Leopold I of Belgium in 1831
Date 1831
Period 19th century
Location Belgium TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings title on the front side: Leopoldus I Belgarum rex electus
date below: MDCCCXXXI
signatures (names) on the front side: F. De Hondt
inscription on the reverse: Libertas Belgarum asserta
Collection medals AAT
Inventory number 1921-DD
Acquisition credit transfer
Cabinet Numismatique de la Ville de Gand
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
44B113 king Iconclass
61B2(LEOPOLD I) historical person (LEOPOLD I) Iconclass
61D(BELGIUM) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (BELGIUM) Iconclass
School / Style realism (artistic form of expression) AAT
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