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RSA (Pre-1994): Bophuthatswana Independence

RSA (Pre-1994): Bophuthatswana IndependenceRSA (Pre-1994): Bophuthatswana Independence
RSA (Pre-1994): Bophuthatswana IndependenceRSA (Pre-1994): Bophuthatswana Independence
Form: Circular. Gold Proof-like. Bronze Matt
By: South African Mint
Date: 1977
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0398;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
38.2 mm18ct Gold41.4 gm$1,3350
38.2 mmBronze22.4 gm$12

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Coat of arms of Bophuthatswana with motto: “TSHWARAGANANG LO DIRE PULA E NE (If we stand together and work hard we will be blessed with rain)”

Reverse: Within a laurel wreath: “KEMONOSI / 6 / SEDIMONTHOLE (in an arc) / 1977 / (ornament)”. On a raised band around: “REPABOLEKI YA BOPHUTHATSWANA”. On the gold medal, the SA Mint mark for 18ct.

Notes: The gold medal comes inside a red case with the coat of arms of Bophuthatswana on the outside of the lid and: “SAM” on the inside. The bronze medal comes inside a blue cardboard box lined with blue velvet and: "SAM" on the outside of the lid.

The Republic of Bophuthatswana was established under apartheid legislation as a black homeland for the Tswana people in the northwestern region of South Africa whose territory constituted a scattered patchwork of individual enclaves. Bophuthatswana became nominally independent on 6 December 1977. Lucas Mangope was the president and its seat of government was Mmabatho. With the end of apartheid the enclaves were reincorporated into South Africa.