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Great Britain: Boer War: United in the Cause of Freedom / Transvaal Souvenir (22mm)

Great Britain: Boer War: United in the Cause of Freedom / Transvaal Souvenir (22mm)Great Britain: Boer War: United in the Cause of Freedom / Transvaal Souvenir (22mm)
Great Britain: Boer War: United in the Cause of Freedom / Transvaal Souvenir (22mm)Great Britain: Boer War: United in the Cause of Freedom / Transvaal Souvenir (22mm)
Great Britain: Boer War: United in the Cause of Freedom / Transvaal Souvenir (22mm)Great Britain: Boer War: United in the Cause of Freedom / Transvaal Souvenir (22mm)
Form: Circular with attached loop.
By: A. Fenwick
Date: 1900
Ref:  AM: 35 (similar); Hern: 88; Laidlaw: 0046c;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
22.1 mmSilver5.2 mm$120
22 mmGilded Bronze4.1 gm$55
25 mmBronze (rope border)$60

Edge: Plane or with added rope border.

Obverse: Two shields inclined toward each other and overlapping. The left shield, representing the British Empire, is quartered with: (1) Star of India, (2) kangaroo – Australia, (3) scale balance – New Zealand and (4) beaver – Canada and with a small shield of the Cape Colony superimposed in the centre. On the right shield, the British Royal coat of arms. To the left, a garland with a rose (England), shamrocks (Ireland) and thistles (Scotland). To the right, a laurel branch. Above, the Imperial Crown. Two clasped hands across the divide between the shields at the bottom. On a ribbon below: “WE . SERVE . UNDER . ONE . CROWN”. Below the ribbon: “RD 355487”. Legend in ornate lettering above: “UNITED IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM” and below between stops: “WE DEFEND OUR EMPIRE”.



Reverse: To the left, a sailor with rifle at attention; to the right, a soldier with rifle at the ready, stand guard over the British Union flag between them on a flagpole surmounted by a crown. Behind, two artillery pieces facing outwards and in the background, a ship behind the sailor and a tent behind the soldier. Legend in ornate lettering above divided by the flag pole: “TRANSVAAL (left) SOUVENIR (right) /1899 (left) 1900 (right)”. In the exergue in ornate letters: “THE QUEEN / GOD BLESS HER (in an arc)”. Signed on the left close to the rim: “FENWICK. D. F”. On the right near the rim: “RD 355487”.


Notes: Later version of this medal.