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Belgica 1914 22K Gold 75th Anniversary Lion Cannon Medal - Queen May
Belgica 1914 22K Gold 75th Anniversary Lion Cannon Medal - Queen May
Belgica 1914 22K Gold 75th Anniversary Lion Cannon Medal - Queen May

Belgica 1914 22K Gold 75th Anniversary Lion Cannon Medal

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Belgica 1914 22K Gold 75th Anniversary Lion Cannon Medal
 
The piece is made of 22k yellow gold and hollow. I believe it was made to celebrate the 75th-anniversary of the 1839 recognition of Belgium's borders by the Dutch King William of Holland and its recognized state of neutrality, which would be ironic as it was the very year the Germans decided to ignore the treaty of neutrality and invade Belgium later that year during the start of World War 1. It could also be a much later medal honoring the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Belgium. I cannot find any information about this piece.
 
The obverse of the medal depicts a roaring lion grasping a sword with the words "Belgica 1914 Ne Pas Forfait À l'honneur" and the artist signature J. Guerin. The reverse depicts the number 75 with a cannon between it set on a background of half Laurel leaves and oak leaves. There is a small hallmark on the bale that I cannot make out.
 
The piece measures about 1" in diameter, it measures 1.4" long with the jump ring and bale and the piece weighs a total of 3.6 grams
Belgica 1914 22K Gold 75th Anniversary Lion Cannon Medal

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Belgica 1914 22K Gold 75th Anniversary Lion Cannon Medal

Belgica 1914 22K Gold 75th Anniversary Lion Cannon Medal
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