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Wyon Collection Specimen medal.

Consolidated Gold Fields of South Africa Ltd, specimen copper medal, by Allan Wyon, British lion with spade above arms, with wildebeest supporters, PRESENTED BY THE CONSOLIDATED GOLD FIELDS OF SOUTH AFRICA LIMITED, rev. Science illuminates the efforts of a miner, 48mm., numbered "892" on edge. Mint state specimen medal.

From the Wyon family's own collection of their work.

Ex W V R Baldwin collection.

Consolidated Gold Fields of South Africa Ltd was founded in 1887 and incorporated in London. It continued in business for just over a century until 1988 when it was purchased by Hanson plc for £3.5bn.

Wikipedia states the following about the company's role in the ending of apartheid:

"Consolidated Gold Fields played a key role in ending apartheid in South Africa; Michael Young, the company's public affairs director embarked on the controversial course of initiating secret discussions between the South African government and the ANC at Mells Park House in the company's estate in Somerset. This ultimately resulted in the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990 and the handover of power to majority rule: the events are described in book The Fall of Apartheid by Robert Harvey [2000] and the 2009 television film "Endgame"."

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