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Netherlands: Establishment of Mutual Diplomatic Relations with South Africa

Netherlands: Establishment of Mutual Diplomatic Relations with South AfricaNetherlands: Establishment of Mutual Diplomatic Relations with South Africa
Netherlands: Establishment of Mutual Diplomatic Relations with South AfricaNetherlands: Establishment of Mutual Diplomatic Relations with South Africa
Form: Circular.
By: Begeer, Holland
Date: 1929
Ref:  AM2: 212; Laidlaw: 0352;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
60.1 mmBronze72.2 gm$25
60.6 mmSilver87.4 gm$40

Edge: Plain. Bronze medal stamped: "HOLLAND". No mark on silver medal.

Obverse: Between art deco floral decorations, tulips (left) and corn cobs (right), the coat of arms of the Netherlands (left) and South Africa (right)

Reverse: In art deco style with rectangular ornaments, across: "WEDERZIJDSCHE / INSTELLING / VAN GEZANTSCHAPPEN / IN / NEDERLAND / EN IN DE UNIE VAN / ZUID AFRIKA / 1929".

Notes: Balfour Declaration of 1926 declared the United Kingdom and her Dominions to be autonomous Communities within the British Empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another in any aspect of their domestic or external affairs, though united by a common allegiance to the Crown, and freely associated as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

This gave South Africa independence regarding foreign policy and subsequently many countries (including the Netherlands) established diplomatic relations with South Africa.

The medal was commissioned by the Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Vereeniging.