Gold medal of honour, anonymous, 1762

Gold medal of honour, anonymous, 1762

gold (metal), h 12.6cm × w 10.0cm × d 0.5cm. More details

The medal was given by Jan Schreuder, Governor of Ceylon, to Joan Aalwis, the highest-ranking Ceylonese employed by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), and the governor’s close adviser on Ceylon. He continued to promote the VOC’s interests during the war between the Dutch and the Kingdom of Kandy. The company thanks him for his loyalty ‘particularly during the recent disturbances’.

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