Orders, Decorations and Medals of Belgium

Links and Other References


Hendrik Meersschaert, for unbounded enthusiasm, help and support; and for many of the Belgian images from his own collection; also Paul Davis, François Dutil, Emmanuel Halleux, Patrick Van Hoorebeke, Sven Vik, Brandon Wiegand, and Yuri Yashnev, who have also been generous enough to share.

Grateful thanks to Bene Merenti, Dixon Noonan Webb, eMedals, La Galerie Numismatique, London Medal Company, Morton & Eden, and Spinks, who have allowed the use of images from their catalogues.


Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - National Orders

The Belgian Royal Army Museum - Belgian National Orders - which had outstanding pictures, unfortunately now lost (Archived March 2012)

Antonio Prieto Barrio - Ribbons of Belgium - Page 1 - Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4 - Page 5 - Page 6 - Page 7 - Page 8

Guy Deploige - Décoration Militaire/Militair Ereteken - comprehensive discussion of this particular award (Archived March 2022)

David Devine - Rusty Knight's Place: Belgian Medals

Hendrik Meersschaert's Medal Corner

Jeremy Newman - Jeremy's Medals: Belgium (Archived March 2016)

Northeast Medals - The Guide to Belgian Medals

Ilya Repetski - World Awards: Belgium

Eric Semon - Décorations Belges

Bill Simpson - Bill's Belgium Medals - pictorial record of a fascinating collection, alas most of the images are lost. (Archived December 2012)

Johnny Vanhooren - Over Leeuwen en Lintjes (Archived February 2019)

Sven Vik - World Orders and Medals: Belgium

Mario Volpe - Tavole ordini BENELUX

Wikipedia - List of the Orders, Decorations and Medals of Belgium

L'Univers des Médailles - a blog on Belgian medals, in French (Archived March 2018)

MedalBook - Belgium

Text References

Ball, R.W.D., and Peters, P. (1994) Military Medals, Decorations & Orders of the United States & Europe: A photographic study to the beginning of WW2. Atglen, PA, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Barac, B. (2009) Reference Catalogue Orders, Medals and Decorations of the World Part 1: Iron Book A-D, Obol, Zagreb.

Безруков М. П., Туровский А. Е. (2013) Награды государств мира. Тула: Гриф и К [Bezrukov M.P., Turovsky A.E. (2013) Awards of the States of the World. Tula: Grif and K.]

Borné, A. (1982) Honneur au travail: Distinctions honorifiques pour les travailleurs 1830-1980, Brussels.

Borné, A.C. (1985) Distinctions honorifiques de la Belgique, 1830-1985 Brussels.

Cornet, R. (1982) Recueil des dispositions légales et réglementaires régissant les ordres nationaux belges. 2e Ed. N.pl., Brussels.

Emering, E.J. (2009) 'Belgian Medal for Missions Abroad' Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America' 60(3):38-39.

Hieronymussen, P. (1967) Orders, Medals and Decorations of Britain and Europe Blandford, London.

McDowell, C.P. (2022) The Belgian Queen Elizabeth Medal Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 73(6):24-27.

Pawson, W.R. (2022) The Commemorative Medal for the State Visit to Brazil of King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 73(1):33-35.

Quinot, H. (1950) Recueil illustré des décorations belges et congolaises, 4e Edition. Hasselt.

Quinot, H. (1963) Recueil illustré des ordres de chevalerie et décorations belges de 1830 á 1963.

Ruokonen, A. (2012) The Spirit of the Lion: Orders of Belgium.

Schoner, S.R. (2022) The "Mystery of the Miliary Cross" Solved Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 73(4):17-23.

Stair Sainty, G. & Heydel-Mankoo, R. (Eds) (2006) World Orders of Knighthood and Merit Burke's Peerage and Gentry.

Van Hoorebeke, P. (2007) 175 Ans de l'Ordre de Léopold et les Ordres Nationaux Belges MRA Brussels.

Veyradier, H. (2022) The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 and its Medals. Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 73(2):16-21.

World Medals Index ODM of Belgium Text List Ribbons

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