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Why do I like to collect South African medals ?

Answer, because there is so many variety in them.

Take a look at these for instance.



Clip.jpg.1a6f1bc956f9f2a3386298005d51db0a.jpg SAP Cross for Bravery (PCF) - 1st Type (1963-1989)
Awarded for conspicuous and exceptional gallantry in the line of duty, or in protecting or saving life or property. Only 13 decorations were awarded - the first recipient (1964) was Sgt J.R. Nienaber, who drowned while trying to rescue a man from the sea. Superseded by a new decoration of the same name.

Insignia: A gold layered cross, depicting a smaller cross on a gyronny background inside a blue circle inscribed "Vivit Post Funera Virtus" (obverse), and the national coat of arms (reverse). Worn on a neck ribbon.



Clip_4.jpg.ddf3a950dbd0ad3c240e54b158fd1a6e.jpg SAP Cross for Bravery: Gold (PCFG) (1989-2004)
Awarded for outstanding bravery in extreme danger. First awarded (1991) to Maj André du Toit, for twice single-handedly disposing of bombs, and for bravery while leading a raid on an armed fugitive's hideout.

Insignia: Same design as the 1963 PCF, but smaller and with a narrower ribbon, and worn on the chest.

Clip_5.jpg.de89abf021cbd27c9d6f875d754f3a5c.jpgClip_6.jpg.2a8e91d85bf091ba6da7b45cf1ab6cfa.jpgClip_7.jpg.2d5ec7f50d382e6808590a3b48302462.jpgNOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and marked 9ct at bottom.

Clip_8.jpg.c8bdd8af33a3dc72525428a01556441b.jpg NOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and no marking at bottom.


Clip_9.jpg.a08b3f91f8f057b84135e3fc4a5397c4.jpg SAP Cross for Bravery: Silver (PCFS) (1989-2004)
Awarded for exceptional bravery in great danger.

Insignia: Same design as the PCFG, but in silver.

Clip_10.jpg.e91e961c5a8df3649c3cb6d5c5b312b2.jpgClip_11.jpg.1ac27c98d0e0c645def28b942c8e1ad9.jpgClip_12.jpg.3b40d400b6bb1dce89e19fd1ff36facb.jpg NOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and marked SILVER at bottom.

Clip_13.jpg.c8117771d87724e187bdb61115baf325.jpg NOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and no marking at bottom.


Clip_14.jpg.fb45a8f52fddaf711af369067bbf8a34.jpg SAP Cross for Bravery (PCF) - 2nd Type (1989-2004)
Awarded for bravery while in danger.

Insignia: Same design as the PCFS, but in lower-grade silver.

Clip_15.jpg.3d9811d32b49847599d94a13abb18ae5.jpgClip_16.jpg.966c5ea9d85087d0d7eae8c35fca2727.jpg NOTE marked 925 on lower half of cross.

Clip_17.jpg.f805b756b4a4f0fc76829dca22220440.jpg NOTE no markings.


This is just one type of medal, but almost all medals from South Africa come with varieties for the collector to look out for.

So have fun.

Regards, Marcon1.


(ribbons and text Arthur Radburn).

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