Belgium, Antwerp Chamber of Commerce, Celebration of Belgium’s Acquisition of the Belgian Congo from Leopold II, bronze medal 1909 by J Baetes, 60mm, rare
Obv: bust of King Leopold II left
Rev: legend LA CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE D’ANVERS CÉLÈBRE L’ANNEXATION DU CONGO A LA BELGIQUE 1909 in 8 lines within palm and laurel wreath, crossed elephant tusks below
Diameter: 60mm; Condition: Good very fine
Notes: From 1885 Leopold II had ruled Congo in a private capacity with appalling cruelty. He was made a financial offer by the Belgian government for the territory which he accepted in 1908. He died the following year.