In step with the spirit of the times we started awarding medals to recognise efforts to improve society.
This is how Norges Vel got its first medal, the Ceres medal in 1861. Made in gold, silver and bronze. It was mainly used in conjunction with exhibitions. In 1888 the medal for long and faithful service was introduced, which is still in use.
An honour for extra engagement in agricultural issues
In 1893 Norges Vel awarded a medal that was meant to reflect and increased engagement in agricultural issues. On the front the words ”Fædrelandets vel dets sønners ære” around a sitting woman in national garb, reaching out with a wreath in her right hand and holding a sheaf of corn in her left.
On the back you fin the Norwegian coat of arms and the words ”Det Kongelige Selskab for Norges Vel – stiftet 29de december 1809”. The back had to be redesigned after the dissolution of the union in 1905 and in 1906 a new medal with the new coat of arms was introduced.
The medal was designed by the architect Henrik Bull, modelled by sculptur Thornbjørn Alvåker and engraved by Ivar Throndsen at the Royal mint in Kongsberg.