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SA Union: Groot Trek Centenary: Map of Trek

SA Union: Groot Trek Centenary: Map of TrekSA Union: Groot Trek Centenary: Map of Trek
SA Union: Groot Trek Centenary: Map of TrekSA Union: Groot Trek Centenary: Map of Trek
SA Union: Groot Trek Centenary: Map of TrekSA Union: Groot Trek Centenary: Map of Trek
SA Union: Groot Trek Centenary: Map of TrekSA Union: Groot Trek Centenary: Map of Trek
Form: Circular. Bronzed base metal medal has pierced lug.
By: E. Naylor / Royal Mint Pretoria
Date: 1938
Ref:  AM2: 263; Laidlaw: 0130;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
31.8 mmGold (9ct)15.3 gm$250
31.8 mmSilver 16.7 gm$25
32.2 mmBronze14.3 gm$15
32.2 mmBronzed Base Metal14.5 gm$7

Edge: Plain

Obverse: A Voortrekker wagon drawn by four oxen moving to the right over rocky ground. Beside the wagon, a man wielding a whip followed by a dog. In the background, trees with mountains behind and clouds above. Legend: “VOORTREKKEREEUFEES (voortrekker centenary)” and in the exergue: “1938”. Above the exergue line, signed: “E N (left) R.M.P (right)”. Gold medal stamped: "9c" in the middle.

Reverse: A map of South Africa depicting the various routes taken by the Voortrekkers. Some eventful landmarks marked: “SLAGTERS NEK”, “VEGKOP”, “P.M.BURG” and “BLOED R”. Legend above: “DIE GROOT TREK”, and below: “1838”.

Notes: Gold, silver and bronze medals issued in a blue oblong case lined with white silk and blue velvet marked: "RMP" on the inside of the lid. Gold medal issued singly in a similar rectangular case. AM2 reports a mintage of 50 sets of three. AM2 also reports a white medal medal but this was probably the silver medal which was mistaken because it has no silver marks.

The medallist E. Naylor has reworked the ox wagon design on the 1936 Empire Exhibition medal and used it for the obverse of this medal.