Order of Orange-Nassau, Civil Division, Officer

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  • Order of Orange-Nassau, Officer (Civil Division, 1892-1970)
  • Order of Orange-Nassau, Officer (Civil Division, 1892-1970) Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Netherlands
  • date of institution
    April 4, 1892
  • makers
    Rijksmunt, Utrecht
  • remarks
    This award is common. Earlier crosses made in Gold/enamels are more valuable.

History


The Order of Orange-Nassau was established by Queen Emma in the name of her daughter, Queen Wilhelmina, in 1892. It was considered necessary to establish another order following the discontinuation of the Order of the Oak Crown and the Order of the Golden Lion of Nassau in the Netherlands. It is currently the most widely conferred order in the Netherlands. The reigning Dutch monarch is the Grand Master of the Order.

The Order is conferred upon Dutch citizens and foreigners in recognition of meritorious service to Dutch society. During the Second World War, it was conferred upon Dutch and Allied military personnel for participation in the liberation of the Netherlands and Dutch colonies.

The Order is conferred in a Civil Division and Military Division. The decorations of the Civil Division feature a laurel wreath between the arms of the cross. All decorations are meant to be returned to the state following the death of a member.

The Officer features an obverse inscription that translates to, "I Shall Maintain," and a reverse inscription that translates to "God Be With Us." The reverse also features the royal monogram of Queen Wilhelmina. It is worn by women on a bow.

There are at least two versions of the Officer that differ in the spelling of the reverse inscription. Until about 1970, the reverse inscription featured the spelling “Zy,” while versions made after this date feature “Zij.” There may be additional versions that differ in size, composition, or manufacturer.

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Versions

  • Price

    $600 USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: JE MAINTIENDRAI Rev: W GOD ZY MET ONS

  • Size

    40-46mm

  • Maker

    Rijksmunt, Utrecht

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $175 USD

  • Composition

    Silver gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: JE MAINTIENDRAI Rev: W GOD ZIJ MET ONS

  • Size

    40-46mm

  • Maker

    Rijksmunt, Utrecht

  • Version Remarks

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Miniatures

  • Price

    $225 USD

  • Size

    14-17x22-30mm

  • Composition

  • Remarks

    This version is composed of silver gilt and enamel.

  • Price

    $225 USD

  • Size

    14x22mm

  • Composition

  • Remarks

    This version is composed of gold and enamel. It is hallmarked on the ring.

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