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Transvaal: Paul Kruger Funeral in Pretoria from Volksstem

Transvaal: Paul Kruger Funeral in Pretoria from VolksstemTransvaal: Paul Kruger Funeral in Pretoria from Volksstem
Transvaal: Paul Kruger Funeral in Pretoria from VolksstemTransvaal: Paul Kruger Funeral in Pretoria from Volksstem
Transvaal: Paul Kruger Funeral in Pretoria from VolksstemTransvaal: Paul Kruger Funeral in Pretoria from Volksstem
Transvaal: Paul Kruger Funeral in Pretoria from VolksstemTransvaal: Paul Kruger Funeral in Pretoria from Volksstem
Transvaal: Paul Kruger Funeral in Pretoria from VolksstemTransvaal: Paul Kruger Funeral in Pretoria from Volksstem
Form: Circular, cast. The medal comes with and without an attached loop for a ring to various black mourning ribbons.
By: J. C. Wienecke / Begeer, Holland
Date: 1904
Ref:  AM: 170; Hern: 382; ME: South Africa 7; Laidlaw: 0011;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
28 mmGold
28.5 mmSilver12.0 gm$120
28.5 mmGilded Bronze9.9 gm$80
28.5 mmBronze10.2 gn$70
28.5 mmGilded Bronze (loop)12.4 gm$70
28.5 mmBronze (loop)11.8 gm$70
28 mmAluminium

Edge: Plain. The silver medal is stamped: “ZILVER 830” or “ZILVER” on the edge. Some medals are stamped “HOLLAND” on the edge.

Obverse: Bust of an aged Kruger, left. The engraver’s initials “JCW” in a monogram on the left before the legend. Legend around: “S.J.P.KRUGER, STAATSPRESIDENT DER Z.A.REPUBLIEK 1883-1900”.

Reverse: A palm frond bordering the field to the left. Above, in large gothic-styled letters across: “VOLKSSTEM”. Below that, across: “ANDENKEN / BEGRAFENIS / AN / DE GROTE AFRIKANER / PAUL KRUGER / PRETORIA / DEC. 1904 (in memory of the funeral of the great Afrikaner Paul Kruger, Pretoria Dec 1904)”. The maker’s name: “BEGEER” in incuse lettering at the foot.

Notes: Sometimes found inside a small cardboard box with: "(Crowned B emblem) / KONINKLIJKE / BEGEER / VOORSCHOTEN)" on the outside of the lid.

Following his death in July 1904, Kruger’s body remained in Holland for four month before being transported back to South Africa aboard the ship S.S. Batavier IV. He was finally laid to rest next to his wife in the Pretoria Cemetery on 16th December 1904, Dingaans Day. The Pretoria newspaper, De Volksstem (the voice of the people), distributed this medal to commemorate the funeral.