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Colony of Natal: Durban & Coast Society of Agriculture & Industry Award

Colony of Natal: Durban & Coast Society of Agriculture & Industry AwardColony of Natal: Durban & Coast Society of Agriculture & Industry Award
Colony of Natal: Durban & Coast Society of Agriculture & Industry AwardColony of Natal: Durban & Coast Society of Agriculture & Industry Award
Colony of Natal: Durban & Coast Society of Agriculture & Industry AwardColony of Natal: Durban & Coast Society of Agriculture & Industry Award
Colony of Natal: Durban & Coast Society of Agriculture & Industry AwardColony of Natal: Durban & Coast Society of Agriculture & Industry Award
Colony of Natal: Durban & Coast Society of Agriculture & Industry AwardColony of Natal: Durban & Coast Society of Agriculture & Industry Award
Form: Circular
By: Obverse after J. Moore
Date: 1898-1920
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0633;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
40.6 mmSilver (1899)27.9 gm$25
41.1 mmSilver (1909)24.0 gm$25
40.5 gmSilver (1911)27.4 gm$25
40.5 gmSilver (1920)28.3 gm$25
40.7 mmCopper-Bronze (1898)25.8 gm$18

Edge: Plain. The rim is often thicker than the body of the medal. Varies between 2.7 mm and 4.0 mm.

Obverse: The British Royal coat of arms with motto: “DIEU ET MON DROIT” on an ornate ribbon below. Below that, from the Natal coat of arms, a pair of wildebeests galloping to the right.

Reverse: Within a laurel wreath tied at the bottom, space for engraving the recipients name and the item exhibited. Legend: "DURBAN & COAST SOCIETY OF AGRICULTURE & INDUSTRY" with stop at the foot.

These medals engraved:
(1) W.PLOWRIGHT / FOR / Bread (Fancy) / FIRST PRIZE / 1899
(2) 1ST. / Cigarettes / S.J. KERDACHI / 1909
(3) 1ST. / Wattle Bark / H.R. OELLERMANN / 1911
(4) WON BUY (added to the die) / ERNEST WHITCUTT / 1920 / 1ST. PRIZE / Creamery Butter
(5) W.PLOWRIGHT / FOR / White Bread / SECOND PRIZE / 1898

Notes: The first example issued inside a dark blue case lined with blue silk and dark blue velvet. On the inside of the lid in gilt: "MADE SPECIALLY BY / HOLLANDER BROS. / 414. WEST ST. / DURBAN".

The design of the obverse of this medal appears on the earlier Pietermaritzburg Agricultural Society medal (Laidlaw 0519) which is signed: "J MOORE". It is also similar to the reverse of the 1902 Natal Coronation Medal for King Edward VII (Laidlaw 0008a and 0008b).