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Great Britain: Boer War: Chamberlain Visit to South Africa

Great Britain: Boer War: Chamberlain Visit to South AfricaGreat Britain: Boer War: Chamberlain Visit to South Africa
Great Britain: Boer War: Chamberlain Visit to South AfricaGreat Britain: Boer War: Chamberlain Visit to South Africa
Great Britain: Boer War: Chamberlain Visit to South AfricaGreat Britain: Boer War: Chamberlain Visit to South Africa
Form: Circular.
By: Joseph Fray
Date: 1903
Ref:  AM2: 99; Hern: 572; BHM: 3888; Eimer: 1876; Fearon: 354.2; Laidlaw: 0018;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
51.1 mmSilver63.4 gm$70
51.1 mmSilver Plated Bronze55.2 gm$45
50.6 mmBronze53.1 gm$45

Edge: Plain. The silver medal is stamped: “SILVER”.

Obverse: Full face bust of Joseph Chamberlain with monocle in morning dress with orchid in buttonhole. Signed: “JF.” below the bust to the right near the rim. The legend in ornate script letters: “THE RIGHT HON. J. CHAMBERLAIN. M.P.”

Reverse: Standing to the right, Peace clasping a dove to her shoulder and with her right arm raised in blessing. Behind, a radiant the sun, inscribed: “UNITY” in an arc above, over the sea on which a ship is steaming. On the left, a ribbon: “GOOD HOPE”. Below, an ornamental cartouche bearing the incused inscription: “I GO TO S.AFRICA / WITH THE MOST / EARNEST DESIRE / TO BRING TOGETHER THE PEOPLE / INTO ONE GREAT / AFRICAN NATION / UNDER THE BRITISH FLAG”. At the top, the legend in ornate script letters: “SOUTH AFRICA 1903”.

Notes: The bronze medals are usually silver plated. The silver medal comes in a red case.

Joseph Chamberlain (July 8, 1836 - July 3, 1914) was a British industrialist turned politician. He was the Secretary of State for the Colonies between 1895 and 1903. After the conclusion of the Boer War, Chamberlain sailed to South Africa on HMS Good Hope. He traveled widely throughout the country between 26 December 1902 and 25 February 1903. His aim was to foster unity in South Africa within the British Empire.

The armoured cruiser HMS Good Hope was originally to be called HMS Africa. She was launched in 1902 at the end of the South African war and sailed to Cape Town on a goodwill mission. At the outset of the First World War she was sunk off Coronel, Chile, by a squadron of German ships under the command of Vice Admiral Graf von Spee.