Client: United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UTAET)
Timor-Leste Transitional Government
Project: Timor-Leste Independence Day Commemorative Medal
In August 1999, hundreds of thousands of East Timorese voted overwhelmingly to end two-and-a-half decades of Indonesian rule. The price they paid to exercise their choice was high. Anti-independence militias went on a rampage of violence and destruction. With the assistance of the United Nations, the East Timorese embarked on a remarkable journey to nationhood.
On 20 May 2002, the Repulica Democratica de Timor-Leste took its place in the world as a free and independent nation. In commemoration of this historic event the Transitional Government of Timor-Leste requested the design of a commemorative medal. The medal was dedicated to all the heroic men and women who died for the cause of liberty and human dignity.
The medal incorporates the Timor flag and two traditional crossed swords (Suriks) a significant symbol used on their coat of arms. The medals were produced in gold and silver as numbered limited editions.