Flood Medal 1855, 1916 Flood silver
(Watersnoodmedaille, watersnood 1916 zilver)


Instituted / (code) 1855 / (EW.16z)
Amount issued 141
Value category Ultra Rare

The Flood Medal was instituded in 1855 to honor those who showed diligence, courage, policy and selfscrifice during waterfloods. Medals were issued in silver or bronze for the floods of:

  • 1855
  • 1861
  • 1876
  • 1916
  • 1926

For repetitive issued medals clasps could be worn. Remarkably no medals were issued for the bigflood of 1953!

On 13 and 14 January 1916 in Netherlands a flood took place around the Zuiderzee. A storm surge coincided with high drain on the rivers. Oon dozens of places the dikes collapsed and in many places there was also damage to the lining of the dykes. In the province of Noord-Holland 19 people were killed, while in several maritime disasters at sea another 32 people died

Material: Silver, Diameter: 50mm. Obverse: King William III facing right. Reverse: "Watersnood van 1861" above a paper which shows the recipients name. On top a crown, the paper is surrounded by oakleaves. The medal on the left was issued to B.A. Potjer.