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Scotland: Boer War: Dundee Tribute Medal

Scotland: Boer War: Dundee Tribute MedalScotland: Boer War: Dundee Tribute Medal
Scotland: Boer War: Dundee Tribute MedalScotland: Boer War: Dundee Tribute Medal
Form: Circular with Bezel Collar.
By: H.P (?)
Date: 1900 & 1901
Ref:  Hern: 832; Hibbard: C6; Laidlaw: 0962;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
38.0 mmSilver (Type 1)23.5 gm$520 (more with campaign medals)
37 mmSilver (Type 2)$520 (more with campaign medals)

Edge: The bezel collar is 4.0 mm thick and the rim is reeded. The flan is thinner. Sometimes privately engraved with the name of the recipient.

Obverse: Engraved coat of arms of Dundee: pot of lilies on shield supported by two dragons, tails knotted below, three lilies crest, motto on a ribbon above: "DEI DONUM" and below: "PRUDENTIA ET CANDORE".

Reverse: Type 1: Engraved inscription between ornaments: "DUNDEE VOLUNTEERS (in an arc) / SERVICE IN / SOUTH AFRICA. / WITH FREEDOM OF CITY. / 1900.". In an arc below, makers mark: "H.P" and hallmarks for Birmingham 1899 (z)

Type 2: Engraved inscription between ornaments: "DUNDEE VOLUNTEERS (in an arc) / SERVICE IN / SOUTH AFRICA / WITH FREEDOM OF CITY / 1901". Across above the date, hallmarks for Birmingham 1900 (a). Below that the marker's mark obscured by the engraving: "1900".

Notes: There are two types of this medal, dated 1900 and 1901.

The medals were presented with no suspension ring attached. These were sometimes added privately, either soldered on or with a claw. Also the medals were sometimes privately gilded.

Two Volunteer Service Companies were raised from the citizens of Dundee. The first served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) and arrived in South Africa in November 1899. The Friends of Dundee City Archives records 61 members. Presumably all of these would have received the Type 1 Tribute Medal. The same archive also records a second Dundee company (called the 3rd Dundee Highland Volunteer Battalion). Possibly this company served with the 1st Battalion Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) which arrived in South Africa in December 1901. The second volunteer company also had about 60 members and presumably they received the Type 2 Tribute Medal.