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RSA (Pre-1994): 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of the 1820 Settlers

RSA (Pre-1994): 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of the 1820 SettlersRSA (Pre-1994): 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of the 1820 Settlers
RSA (Pre-1994): 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of the 1820 SettlersRSA (Pre-1994): 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of the 1820 Settlers
RSA (Pre-1994): 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of the 1820 SettlersRSA (Pre-1994): 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of the 1820 Settlers
Form: Circular.
By: Tommy Sasseen / South African Mint to a design by Kenneth Robinson of Rhodes University.
Date: 1970
Ref:  AM2: 407; Laidlaw: 0078;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
38 mmGold29.3 gm$500
38.3 mmSilver27.2 gm$35
38.1 mmBronze23.6 gm$8

Edge: Plain. The gold medal has the S.A. Mint mark for 9ct gold and the silver medal for sterling silver.

Obverse: A family of six settles with their belongings all facing left; one boy pointing. Signed: “T.S.” below left. Below, text across: “ON APRIL 10, 1820, THE FIRST of 4000 / BRITISH SETTLERS SET FOOT ON SHORE / AT ALGOA BAY / THESE PEOPLE PLAYED A VITAL / PART IN THE DEVELOPMENT / OF SOUTHERN AFRICA”.

Reverse: In large letters at the top across: “1820” and at the bottom: “1970”. In the middle with smaller lettering: “BY CHOICE AND / CONSCIOUS WILL”. The central text is separated above and below from the dates by a row of flowers. Above: rose (England), protea, thistle (Scotland) and strelitzia and below: shamrock (Ireland), aloe plant, two leaks (Wales) and two arum lilies. Signed “T.S.” below the leaks.

Notes: Mintage: 250 cased sets of gold, silver and bronze; 500 individual silver medals and 1000 bronze medals. The three medal set comes in an oblong red SA Mint case, the silver medal comes in a blue SA Mint case.