12. MEDALS AWARDED

The two government gentlemen Meyer and Krogh were so impressed with the activities of the ZAR Field Mint that they gave an order on 5 May 1902 that everyone involved with the Veldpond was to be given an award. Three days later on 8 May 1902, awards were issued to General Muller, Field Cornet Pienaar, Kloppers, Minnaar, Reid, Graham, Cooney, Marshall and Barter. In total nine of these medals were awarded.92

 
Both sides of Field Cornet A Pienaar's Medal
 
Kloppers' Medal
Marshall's medal93
 
Both sides of Reid's Medal


The clover shaped medal was cut out of a gold plate with a jeweller's saw. The ZAR Veldpond mark was struck in the middle on the obverse side. On the reverse side, the recipient's name and the words Staats Munt te Velde 1902 were engraved. The decorations around the medals were most likely also done at Pilgrim's Rest, because they look alike.


Who the person is that was responsible for making the medals, is a question that has not been answered yet. Two possibilities present themselves in this regard. The one is that the Swiss, Jules Perrin did it. He was an essayer and head of the Mint in Pretoria until the British closed it down, and after the war he opened a jeweller's business in Schoeman Street, Pretoria.94 His whereabouts during the war are not clear. After the war he and the German born pro-Boer, AH Hanneman95 who was the owner of a hotel and shop at Komatipoort, took the oath of allegiance on 30 June 1902 at the office of the British Consul General in Lourenço Marques which indicates that he could have been in the vicinity of Pilgrim's Rest.96 No trace can be found that he had been in Pilgrim's Rest during the war and his name is not mentioned by anyone involved with the Veldpond and the medals. According to Ernest Meyer, the bookkeeper of the ZAR Mint in Pretoria, Perrin was not positive supportive of the Boer cause, which makes him an unlikely candidate for being involved in the activities of the Field Mint.97 The other possibility is that Michael Cooney, an essayer with goldsmith knowledge, made the medals.




92Becklake, JT. Notes on the Coinage of the South African Republic 1934:11.

93Marshall's souvenirs of the Veldpond were sold to a coin collector, Mr Makepeace.

94National Archive Pretoria. TAB MHG 11148 (Perrin died in 1907 and the University of Pretoria bought his assay equipment).

95National Archive Pretoria. TAB SS R7768x00 & CAJ 718.

96National Archive. TAB Aanwins A202.

97TAB Aanwins A185

 
  INDEX
   
1. Introduction
2. Background
3. Pilgrim's rest
4. Contemplating the making of gold pounds
5. Permission for establishing a government mint
6. ZAR field mint at Pilgrim's rest
7. Workshop and machines
8. Process of making veldpond
9. Cabinet ministers visited Pilgrim's rest
10. The mint commission
11. Final product
12. Medals awarded
13. Veldpond as a reminder
14. How many veldpond were minted?
15. Mining property left behind in excellent condition
16. The last time the dies were used
17. Marshall's book
18. Diorama of the field mint at the empire exhibition 1936
19. Conclusion
20. References