Cape Copper Company silver copyright NEC

 

 

Colony: Cape Colony
Issued on: n/a
Date of presentation: 00/00/1902
Number issued: 18-20 (silver); c. 537 (copper)

 

Silver / silver gilt medals, to:

Namaqualand Town Guard –
Major Jonathan L. DEAN
Captain G.A. BURKE (?)
Captain J. CROZIER
Captain F.A. EVANS
Captain C.A. JONES
Captain A.E. THOMPSON
Captain W.W. TOWNSEND
Lieutenant J. BURROWS
Lieutenant Albert Edmund GYNGELL
Lieutenant J.I. HORNSBY
Lieutenant F.F. MIDDLEWEEK
Lieutenant F.S. NICHOLLS
Lieutenant P. THOMPSON
Lieutenant H.G.S. WILLMAN
Lieutenant & Quartermaster S.C. TURNER
Lieutenant & Paymaster H.A.H. LEWIS

Pay Sergeant H. RODDA

Cape Town Highlanders –

Captain [Sergeant-Major] William MITCHELL [atypical, engraved lettering]

Cape Garrison Artillery –

Captain BORCHERDS [atypical, engraved lettering]

Also –
Dr Ronald Nesbit HOWARD
 
 
KNOWN EXAMPLES HIGHLIGHTED IN GREEN
 
 

Copper medals, to:

Namaqualand Town Guard –
c. 537 N.C.O's and men
 
 
 
Obverse: "THE CAPE COPPER COMPANY LIMITED / 1888".
Reverse: "PRESENTED / TO THE / OFFICERS / NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS / AND MEN / OF THE GARRISON OF OOKIEP / IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR / GALLANT DEFENCE OF THE TOWN / UNDER / LT. COL. SHELTON. D.S.O. / AGAINST A GREATLY SUPERIOR / FORCE OF BOERS / APRIL 4TH TO MAY 4TH 1902".
 

Note: the naming on the silver Borcherds medal does not conform with that on the original issue (engraved rather than impressed). It is possible that a few surplus unnamed silver medals were given to officers who were not members of the Town Guard, but who contributed greatly to operations during the siege. These may have been privately engraved by the recipients.

Unnamed examples of the silver gilt medal have been seen on the market.
 
 
SILVER / SILVER GILT MEDALS
Townsend example sold through City Coins, 19/08/2016, for R190,000 [c. £12,500]
Mitchell example sold through City Coins, 29/10/2019, for R113,300 [£7,495]
Dean example sold through Ramsay Cornish, 13/07/2019, for £15,000 (silver gilt).
Unnamed example sold through Baldwin’s, 20/09/2017, for £900 (silver gilt).
Nicholls example sold through eBay, 14/09/2021, for £7,101
 
 

 

Kieren, Brian
Mitchell, Rob
City Coins, 19/08/2016 (silver)
City Coins, 29/10/2019 (silver)
eBay, 14/09/2021 (silver)