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SA Union: de la Rey, United South Africa

SA Union: de la Rey, United South AfricaSA Union: de la Rey, United South Africa
Form: Circular. Uniface..
By: ?
Date: c 1907-10
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0602;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
17.0 mmBrass1.8 gm$15

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Within a beaded border, bareheaded bust of de la Rey, front with head turned slightly to the left. Legend above: “UNITED SOUTH AFRICA” and below: “DE LA REY”.

Reverse: Blank.

Notes: Jacobus Herculaas 'Koos' de la Rey (1847-1914) was a Boer general during Boer War. In 1907 De la Rey was elected to the new Transvaal Parliament, and he was one of the delegates to the National Convention which led to the Union of South Africa in 1910. He became a Senator and supported Louis Botha, the first Prime Minister. It is believed that this medal dates from this time.