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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Albert I issue 1909-1934 with double ‘A’ cipher
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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Albert I issue 1909-1934 with double ‘A’ cipher
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Gilt bronze cross pattée with rays between the arms, on integral crown suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the lion rampant of Belgium within a ring inscribed with the national motto ‘L’UNION FAIT LA FORCE’ (Strength through Unity); the reverse with a circular central medallion bearing the double ‘A’ cipher of King Albert I within a ring inscribed ‘MERITE ANCIENNETE ARMEE’ (Military Merit for Long Service); on original ribbon with gilt chevron.

The Decoration was instituted on 22 December 1873 and is awarded to non-commissioned officers and other ranks for ten years’ service and with a chevron for an additional five years’ service.

This good example is from the reign of King Albert I, 1909-1934.

 
Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Albert I issue 1909-1934 with double ‘A’ cipher
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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Albert I issue 1909-1934 with double ‘A’ cipher
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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Albert I issue 1909-1934 with double ‘A’ cipher
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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Albert I issue 1909-1934 with double ‘A’ cipher
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