Medal of the Groningen and Franeker Guides 1831
(Erepenning der Groninger en Franeker Flankeurs 1831)


Instituted 1831
Amount issued


Value category Rare

After Napoleons defeat at Waterloo the major powers in Europe established new borders. Belgium merged with the Netherlands. A majority of the catholic Belgium people did not feel well being ruled bij the protestant Dutch. These emotions led to an uprise in 1830 which started after a play in the Theatre of Brussels. The uproar gained strength and King William mobilized armed forces and volunteers for a campaign against the "rebels". The campaign lasted 10 days (later reffered to as Ten Days Campaign) and was very successful. At Hasselt the "rebels" were defeated.

The medal was presented by the Board of Trustees of the Groningen University to the volunteer Guides formed by the Groningen Students who participated in the Ten Days Campaign. The medal can not be worn.

Obverse: a resting lion, facing right, on a pedestal in which the recipient's name is engraved, and the legend "Repulso hoste virgil quiescit" (after repulsing the enemy we can guard quietly). Reverse: in a wreath of laurel and oakleaves the legend "Patriae defensoribus Acad: Gron: civibus curatores MDCCCXXXI" (The trustees of Groningen University tot the defenders of the Fatherland)