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The collection of medals is online

After commodity money [1]and Belgian emergency money from the First World War [2], medals [3] are the Museum’s third sub-collection you can browse through online. The digital catalogue allows everyone to access all medals and tokens of the museum whether or not they are on display. Unlike coins, medals [4] are not a means of payment. They are issued to commemorate important people or events. Despite their small size, they often provide rich detail. Let us look at some examples.

Do you recognize these sovereigns in the portrait gallery?

Numéro d'inventaire : M06013 [5]

Inventory number: M06013

Numéro d'inventaire : M07514 [6]

Inventory number: M07514

Numéro d'inventaire : M04850 [7]

Inventory number: M04850

M10537 voorzijde [8]

Inventory number: M10537








Do these buildings ring a bell?

Numéro d'inventaire : M01752 [9]

Inventory number: M01752

Numéro d'inventaire : M02899 [10]

Inventory number: M02899

Numéro d'inventaire : M05169 [11]

Inventory number: M05169

Numéro d'inventaire : M03041 [12]

Inventory number: M03041








Who are so cruelly beheaded on these jetons?

Numéro d'inventaire : M07735 [13]

Inventory number: M07735

Numéro d'inventaire : M10066 [14]

Inventory number: M10066









Can you tell who are the winner and loser in these battles?

Numéro d'inventaire : M07206 [15]

Inventory number: M07206

Numéro d'inventaire : M02385 [16]

Inventory number: M02385









What was de purpose of these tokens?

Numéro d'inventaire : M05273 [17]

Inventory number: M05273

Numéro d'inventaire : M03662 [18]

Inventory number: M03662









The inscription says: ‘I live in hope’. What did the issuer of this medal hope for?

Numéro d'inventaire : M07455 [19]

Inventory number: M07455

Do you notice the link between the obverse and reverse of this medal from the World War I?

Numéro d'inventaire : M10526 recto [20]

Inventory number: M10526 recto

Numéro d'inventaire : M10526 verso [21]

Inventory number: M10526 verso










You do not know the answer to some of these questions? Do not worry, you will find all answers in the digital catalog!