The Mayor’s Siege of Kimberley Medal, very rare, type with milled rim. Attractive toned example in excellent condition.
This medal preceded the commonly seen Kimberley Star, being made by the Town’s authorities and struck in England but was never officially issued, unfortunately they were ordered to be melted down due to their unsanctioned use of the Royal Cipher in the design. It is not known how many survived but only a small few appear for sale.
It was then redesigned as the Kimberley Star, which was financed out of the pocket of Mayor Oliver, who was Mayor during the siege and is commonly seen today in a pair with the Queen’s South Africa Medal, with bar for the Defence of Kimberley.