History/Background Information: Laidlaw states: "During the Anglo-Boer War the ZA Republic and its President earned the admiration of many people in mainland Europe.
In particular, there were at least fifteen different tribute medals produced for President Kruger by France, and of them this Utrecht medal is probably the most attractive. A set in silver and bronze was presented to the President Kruger in November 1902.
The obverse of this medal commemorates President Kruger’s stay in Utrecht, his main place of residence during his exile. The reverse symbolises the peaceful conclusion of the War in 1902.
The medallist was Henri Dubois (born 1859) who studied sculpture under Henri Chapu and Jean Falguiere. He specialised in medallions, plaques, bas-reliefs and busts, for which he won many prizes. President Kruger posed for this fine portrait study.
A pair of these medals, one silver plated bronze (shown here) and the other in bronze was presented to the French minister of fine arts. On both, the edge is inscribed: “A MONSIEUR LE SENATEUR, J. CHAUMIE / MINISTRE DE L"INSTRUCTION PUBLIQUE ET DES BEAUX ARTS / PARIS, 1902”
Certification: NGC MS61 - The only one graded
Condition Notes: A superb rendering of this scarce medal, practically as struck with bold definition. This is the rarer silvered bronze variety.
Reference: Hern 374, Laidlaw 003a