7. WORKSHOP AND MACHINES
 
The Iron workshop of the TGMC mine at Pilgrim's Rest55
 

Alex Marshall gave the Mint Team complete access to the workshop, the foundry and the essayer's laboratory. The workshop of the Pilgrim's Rest mine was the only workshop within miles and served all the mines in the area. Therefore it was better equipped than most other workshops in the country. The only problem was that the mine bosses had put the hydroelectric power stations, Jubilee and Clewer, at Pilgrim's Rest56 out of action before leaving the country, to prevent the Boers form bringing the mine into production.57

The most important machines that were needed for minting coins were a metal lathe on which the dies could be turned, a mill to roll out the gold, a punching machine with which gold discs could be cut and a press to imprint the marks on the gold discs58.




55 Photo of the Mpumalanga Museum Services at Pilgrim's Rest.

56 Schultz, JO. Pilgrim's Rest and the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 1999:23.

57 Hydo electric power station that delivered 575 kilowatt. Information from Colonel Koos Erasmus.

58 Erasmus, Koos. Die Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek se Staatsmunt te Velde.55 Photo of the Mpumalanga Museum Services at Pilgrim's Rest.

56 Schultz, JO. Pilgrim's Rest and the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 1999:23.

57 Hydo electric power station that delivered 575 kilowatt. Information from Colonel Koos Erasmus.

58 Erasmus, Koos. Die Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek se Staatsmunt te Velde.

 

 
  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