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SA Union: City of Pietermaritzburg Centenary

SA Union: City of Pietermaritzburg CentenarySA Union: City of Pietermaritzburg Centenary
SA Union: City of Pietermaritzburg CentenarySA Union: City of Pietermaritzburg Centenary
Form: Circular
By: Royal Mint Pretoria
Date: 1936
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0635;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
32.2 mmSilver18.1 gm$30
32.2 mmBronze15.4 gm$15

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Coat of arm of the City: elephant on shield, left, five radiant stars (Southern Cross) above and motto: "UMGUNGUNHLOVU (in isiZulu – the place of the elephant" on a ribbon below. Legend above: "CENTENARY OF PIETERMARITZBURG" and below between stops: "OCTOBER 1938".

Reverse: Blank. At the foot, sliver medal stamped: ".925 RMP" and bronze medal stamped: "RMP".

Notes: Both medals come in a blue case lined with white silk marked: "RMP" and blue velvet.

Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The city was founded in 1938 by the Voortrekkers, following the defeat of Dingane at the Battle of Blood River and named in honour two of their leaders, Piet Retief and Gert Maritz. Britain took over Pietermaritzburg in 1843 and it became the administrative seat for the Colony of Natal.