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France: Boer War: President Kruger Stay in Utrecht (Restrike)

France: Boer War: President Kruger Stay in Utrecht (Restrike)France: Boer War: President Kruger Stay in Utrecht (Restrike)
France: Boer War: President Kruger Stay in Utrecht (Restrike)France: Boer War: President Kruger Stay in Utrecht (Restrike)
Form: Circular, Cast. Comes in a green presentation case which also contains two bronze plaques one positioned above the medal and the other below.
By: Henri Dubois / Paris Mint
Date: 1976
Ref:  AM: 166; Hern: 376; ME: France 15; Laidlaw: 0003b;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
68 mmBronze212 gm$280

Edge: Plain with incused punch marks: “BRONZE”, “1976” and the cornucopia Paris mint mark.

Obverse: Bust of elderly Paul Kruger, in high relief, facing left. Signed: “H. DUBOIS” to the right across. Legend: “LE PRESIDENT KRUGER UTRECHT JUIN 1902”.

Reverse: A lightly draped female figure depicting Peace standing upon clouds that are being dispelled by rays of sunshine, entering the design from the upper left, to reveal the terrain of South Africa below. Signed: “HENRI . DUBOIS” round the rim at the foot to the left.

Notes: The inscription on the bronze plaque above the medal reads: “EN TEMOIGNAGE / DES SENTIMENTS ET DES VOEUX FRANCAIS / POUR LA NATION SUD-AFRICAINE / ET SON CHEF VENERE / PARIS NOVEMBRE 1902 (in testimony of the sentiments and good wishes of the French people for the South African Nation and its venerated leader. Paris, November 1902)”. The plaque under the medal has the inscription: “LE CHEF ... LA NATION / 1902”. These plaques, in sliver, formed part of the presentation set given to President Kruger during his stay in Utrecht

During the 1970s the French negotiated a contract with ARMSCOR, the South African government-supported armaments company, for the supply of military equipment, particularly Mirage jet-fighter aeroplanes. The re-strike was produced to mark longstanding friendship between the two countries and cement the arms agreement.