16. THE LAST TIME THE DIES WERE USED

Many counterfeit Veldpond, is said to have been struck with the Veldpond dies after the war. In 1934 the Mintmaster of the Royal Mint in Pretoria, Mr Becklake, began a search for the original dies. At that time it was believed that Lord Kitchener had seized them. Becklake's search into Kitchener's correspondence revealed that it was never in his possession.111 Two years later professor EHD Arndt discovered that when General Muller came back from Vereeniging to assist his commandos with laying down arms, Kloppers handed the dies to him around 14 June 1902.112 General Muller donated the pair of Veldpond dies, between 1910-1914, to the diamond magnate Sir T Cullinan. In 1939 Sir Cullinan's widow knew nothing of it and in a letter written by her secretary it is stated that the dies may have been stolen by one of the employees.113




111National Archive Pretoria. SAB GG 234 3/5239.

112National Archive Pretoria. Aanwins 202.

113National Archive Pretoria. Aanwins 202.

 
  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