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Cape Colony: Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra: Cradock

Cape Colony: Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra: CradockCape Colony: Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra: Cradock
Form: Circular. Gilded White metal shell over cardboard. Holed at 12 o’clock for a metal bar to a narrow red-white-blue ribbon topped by a crowned pin-bar marked: "CRADOCK".
By: H. Grueber, London
Date: 1902
Ref:  AM2: 82A; Laidlaw: 0340b;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
38 mmGilded White Metal Shell.$60

Edge: Upright reeded.

Obverse: Conjugate crowned and robed busts of the King and Queen, right. Sprig of laurel below. Divided by the busts, across: "JUNE / 26TH. (left) 1902 (right)". Signed: "H. GRUEBER LONDON" at the foot. Legend within a toothed border round the rim: "EDWARD.VII.ALEXANDRA.CROWNED".

Reverse: Coat of arms of Craddock flanked by ostrich plumes with cornucopia crest and motto: "PERSEVERANTIA VINCIT". Legend above on a band with beaded borders inside and outside: "TO COMMEMORATE THEIR MAJESTIES CORONATION" and below between stops: "JUNE 26TH. 1902".

Notes: Cradock is a town in, the then, Cape Colony, 290 northeast of Port Elizabeth. The town was found by Sir John Cradock after the Frontier War of 1812 as a stronghold to secure the eastern area of the Colony. In the early 1900s there was a boom in the demand for ostrich feathers leading to temporary prosperity.