RSA (Pre-1994): City of Johannesburg 80th Anniversary, Tribute to Pioneers

RSA (Pre-1994): City of Johannesburg 80th Anniversary, Tribute to PioneersRSA (Pre-1994): City of Johannesburg 80th Anniversary, Tribute to Pioneers
Form: Circular
By: Professor R. Bain/ SA Mint
Date: 1966
Ref:  AM2: 382; Laidlaw: 0235;
38.5 mmSilver30.4 gm$28

Edge: Plain. Sometimes privately engraved with the name of the recipient.

Obverse: Coat of arms of Johannesburg with antelope supporters, lion crest and motto on a ribbon below: “FORTIER ER RECTE (nearly illegible)”. In an arc below: “JOHANNESBURG” and stamped at the foot with the South African Mint’s sterling silver mark.

Reverse: Three wheels: Cog wheel (left), wagon whee (right) and wheel of mine head-works (top left). Signed on the rim of wagon wheel at the bottom: “R. BAIN”. Legend on an octagonal wheel round the rim between rivets joining the sections: “TRIBUTE TO OUR PIONEERS (left) HULDE ANN ONS PIONIERS (right) 1886-1966 (bottom)”.

Notes: To mark the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the City of Johannesburg, the Council resolved to pay tribute to those pioneers who had lived in Johannesburg, or were born there, prior to 1st January 1900. 500 of these medals were made for presentation.

It is possible that Professor Bain had a number of gold medal struck privately.

Comes inside a green cardboard case from the SA Mint with: "Johannesburg" in gold letters on the outside of the lid. On the inside of this medal’s lid is hand-written: “PRESENTED TO HARRIET COOK GARDEN PARTY AT TURFFONTEIN RACE COURSE”.

Those who were unable to attend the function received their medal in the post with a covering letter from the Mayor, Boyce Eagar.