MY O.M.G. FIND AT THE CALGARY SHOW

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    qsamike
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    MY O.M.G. FIND AT THE CALGARY SHOW

    Post by qsamike on Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:36 pm

    Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen.......

    Just thought I would share this Calgary Gun Show find with you.....

    441 Corporal W. S. Townsend, Lord Strathcona's Horse

    When I do more work on it I will provide you with more information.....

    I thought it was a good show when I was offered the medal but then the badges came along.....

    Mike






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    Re: MY O.M.G. FIND AT THE CALGARY SHOW

    Post by Wouter on Sun Apr 04, 2010 4:23 am

    Nice medal, I always like the South Africa medals. Are these badges so rare?

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    Re: MY O.M.G. FIND AT THE CALGARY SHOW

    Post by qsamike on Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:44 am

    Good Morning Wouter.....

    Yes the medal is great, one of less than 60, a QSA medal collectors Holy Grail...... The badges are also very rare, in over 35 years of collecting I have only seen 2 of the SH badges and have never seen but have only heard of the Shoulder Title..... They were hand made by the ships mechanical crew on the trip from Canada to South Africa.....

    Mike

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    Post by Wouter on Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:26 pm

    I already thought the shoulder badge looked funny! How is it that this one of less than 60 medals? Did only 60 men from the Strathcona's go into South Africa?

    Wouter

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    Re: MY O.M.G. FIND AT THE CALGARY SHOW

    Post by qsamike on Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:13 pm

    Hello Wouter.......

    It is hard to explain in a short time but I suggest you look at this website: http://www.angloboerwar.com/medals/qsa.htm

    But I will try with this short explination:

    1) When the medal was made the raised dates 1899-1900 were on the reverse..... The British expected the war to last only one year...... When it lasted longer the medals were re-stamped by the mint with a die that had the dates removed..... This is where you see the shadow dated medals..... When the medal gets dirty you can see the faint outline of the dates......

    2) There are three types of reverse to the QSA: A - The arm of Britannia pointing to the letter R in Africa and has the Raised Dates..... Type B - Is the re-stamped medal with no dates just the shadow, arm to the R of course..... Type C - Is a new Die with the arm of Britannia pointing to the letter F in Africa.....

    3) Of the Type One there were an unknown number accidentally issued..... Of the Type Two, the figures are controversial but about 95,000 and the balance, late issues and KSA's are all Type 3.....

    4) Of the Type One there are only about 60 known to exist..... So of the over about 200,000 medals issued there are only the 60 and that is what makes it quite rare..... Oh yes the Strathcona's had 596 medals issued to the unit.....

    Mike

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