Medal of the Utrecht Student Rifles 1831
(Eerepenning der Utrechtse Jagers-Studenten 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 Utrecht University to the volunteer Utrecht Rifles formed by the Utrecht Students who participated in the Ten Days Campaign.

Obverse: a sun with 16 rays, Utrecht coat of arms in the centre, The circular legend "Sol Justitiae Illustra Nos" (Sun of Justice, enlighten us; the motto of the university). Reverse: in a laurel-wreath the legend "Patriae defensoribus Acad: Traject: Curatores MDCCCXXXI" (The trustees of Utrecht University to the defenders of the Fatherland). The recipient's name is engraved in the edge.