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Belgian Medal Leopold II. 1898

Started by Medalstrike, January 24, 2010, 05:20:50 PM

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Here another 1. Price gold-plated medal, Leopold II. older with a long pointed beard.

Ville de Bruxelles
Habitations Ouvrieres - Comite de Patronage
Concours d`Ordre et de Proprete 1er Prix 1898

51mm, 3.5mm thick, 51.3g


The third side of a medal rests in the eye of the beholder


He did actually have that funny beard.

This medal flows over with nauseating paternalism. The legend on the reverse means: WORKERS HOUSES, CONTEST ON ORDER AND HYGIENE, First PRIZE 1898, SPONSORING COMMITTEE The underlying assumption is of course that workers would foul their nests, unless they were motivated to clean it. The rich sponsors therefore took it upon themselves to reward those who could afford to live closest to their standards with the salaries they paid them. They probably had drinks and laughs afterwards. Note that the medal is in French. There is a good chance that Flemish workers need not apply. They couldn't even answer questions addressed to them - in French, of course.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.