Medal for Civil Merit 1871
(Medaille voor Burgerlijke Verdienste)


Instituted 1871
Amount issued ?
Value category Ultra Rare

The Medal for civil Merit was a Dutch award that was awarded in the Dutch East Indies. The Medal was a continuation of the 17th-and 18th-century tradition in which the Dutch East India Company could not issue orders for knighthood. Instead medals to distinguished Indian officials were donated. The habit to custom built chains and medals during the first three quarters continued in the 19th century. This despite setting the order of the Union and the order of the Netherlands Lion by the Dutch and Dutch Kings. Only on 4 October 1871 Governor-General Pieter Mijer decided to institute an official Medal named "Medal for civil merit". This medal had a diameter of 5 inches and could be awarded in gold, silver or bronze.

Obverse: the Dutch national coat-of-arms on a star of rays. Rreverse within an wreath of oakleaves "the NEDERLANDSCH INDISCH GOUVERNEMENT", after which enough space is left for the name of the decorated person to mention. The Ribbon of the Medal was similar to that of the brotherhood of the order of the Netherlands lion. It was Nassau's blue with a broad Orange median line. In special cases, the gold medal awarded to a golden necklace as before.

In the decision of Governor General of Dutch East Indies Vasquez was the unpopular Medal on 29 August 1893 lifted and replaced by the Star for Loyalty and Merit. A star or "bintang" in regard to the indigenous population was more than a medal.