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Decoration for Long, Honourable and Faithful Service in the Army (Onderscheidingsteken voor Langdurige, Eerlijke en Trouwe Dienst bij het Leger), small bronze medal for 12 years’ service, 1951-1983 issue
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Decoration for Long, Honourable and Faithful Service in the Army (Onderscheidingsteken voor Langdurige, Eerlijke en Trouwe Dienst bij het Leger), small bronze medal for 12 years’ service, 1951-1983 issue
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Circular bronze medal with laterally pierced ball suspension; the face with a crowned mantle bearing the letter ‘J’ (for Juliana); the reverse with the crowned national coat of arms imposed on an array of trophies and inscribed ‘VOOR TROUWE DIENST’ (for faithful service); diameter 27mm (1 inch); on original slightly worn ribbon. The Decoration, usually referred to as the Medaille voor Trouwe Dienst (Medal for Faithful Service), was instituted by King Willem I on 19 February 1825 to reward long and faithful service by professional soldiers and sailors below the rank of officer. The bronze medal was gained after 12 years’ service (6 years in the colonies). In 1851, the word ‘TROUWEN’ in the inscription on the reverse was changed to ‘TROUWE’; it reverted to ‘TROUWEN’ from 1928 to 1951; examples after 1951 again have the word ‘TROUWE’. The ‘W’ on the face was changed to a ‘J’ on 25 January 1951 for Queen Juliana but was reinstated on 1 January 1984. By Royal Order of 18 February 1904, the reverse of the medal was to be worn as the face but this instruction was withdrawn on 1 January 1984. This example dates from the period 1951 to 1983.

 
Decoration for Long, Honourable and Faithful Service in the Army (Onderscheidingsteken voor Langdurige, Eerlijke en Trouwe Dienst bij het Leger), small bronze medal for 12 years’ service, 1951-1983 issue
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Decoration for Long, Honourable and Faithful Service in the Army (Onderscheidingsteken voor Langdurige, Eerlijke en Trouwe Dienst bij het Leger), small bronze medal for 12 years’ service, 1951-1983 issue
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Decoration for Long, Honourable and Faithful Service in the Army (Onderscheidingsteken voor Langdurige, Eerlijke en Trouwe Dienst bij het Leger), small bronze medal for 12 years’ service, 1951-1983 issue
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