RSA (Pre-1994): Nelson Mandela / Umkhonto we Sizwe

RSA (Pre-1994): Nelson Mandela / Umkhonto we SizweRSA (Pre-1994): Nelson Mandela / Umkhonto we Sizwe
Form: Circular with attached loop.
By: ?
Date: 1961 (?)
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0657;
40.1 mmBrass20.6 gm$40

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Bust of Mandela in middle age with beard wearing open-necked shirt, front and slightly right. Legend above: "Nelson Mandela" and below: "Symbol of resistance".

Reverse: Stylised full figure of an African warrior, right, in loin cloth, spear raised in right arm, shield in left. Legend within quotation marks below: “The struggle is my life”.

Notes: The medal was possibly issued after a press statement made by Mandela on 26 June 1961 in which he first used, 'the struggle is my life'.

It is not known where the medals was made; possibly in France where other medals of Mandela were made at this time; almost certainly not in South Africa.