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France: Boer War: Kruger / "Notre Resistance Étonnera Le Monde"

France: Boer War: Kruger / "Notre Resistance Étonnera Le Monde"France: Boer War: Kruger / "Notre Resistance Étonnera Le Monde"
France: Boer War: Kruger / "Notre Resistance Étonnera Le Monde"France: Boer War: Kruger / "Notre Resistance Étonnera Le Monde"
Form: Circular
By: Francois Rupert Carabin
Date: 1901
Ref:  AM: 104; Hern: 236; ME: France 13; Laidlaw: 0001;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
50.4 mmSilver66.7 gm$1,700
52 mmBronze$1,200

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Bust of Paul Kruger in profile, left.

Reverse: Crouching female figure fending off attack from leopard-like animal, broken dagger in right hand, flail in left. On left, palm tree, rocks and radiant sun. At top, to right of figure, in French, staggered over five lines: “NOTRE / RESISTANCE / ETONNERA LE / MONDE (our resistance will astonish the world) / KRÜGER (in quotes)”. At the bottom, the (incomplete) date: “20 OCTOBRE / 1899-19..?” Signed in script: “R.Carabin” along lower right rim.

Notes: Pro-Boer medal, probably made during the latter stage of the war after Kruger had left for exile in Europe..

Francois Rupert Carabin (1862-1932) was a sculptor, medallist and gem-engraver, born at Zabern in Alsace. He trained as a gem-engraver, and then worked as a wood carver and, after 1889, principally as a sculptor. This element of his work is clearly visible on the obverse of this medal, the design of which is executed in considerable relief.