On the 5th of August 1962, Nelson Mandela was arrested. This arrest set in motion a chain of events that made history around the world. 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of his arrest which took place three kilometres outside Howick on the R103 near Lions River. He had been on the run from the Security Police for seventeen months. A monument has been erected at the site, the place where he said goodbye to freedom for 27 years, with an embedded plaque that reads “Tsiamelo” meaning “Place of goodness” followed by the inscription:
“A monument was erected by the people of Howick to commemorate the site of arrest of President Nelson R. Mandela on 5 August 1962.The plaque was unveiled by President Mandela of the Republic of South Africa on occasion of receiving his honorary citizenship on 12 December 1996.”
This Mandela Medallion commemorates the 50thAnniversary of this capture site.
The 1/2oz Mandela Capture Site Medallion depicts the well known profile of Mandela on the obverse with an intricate etching of the Howick monument which stands in the same place that this historical event occurred on the reverse.
Each Mandela Capture Site Medallion comes in a tin box that is representative of something that a prisoner would have used many years ago to keep small memorable and important items such as photographs, documents, and letters. Each tin is uniquely aged like no other, to capture the essence of the time in which this event occurred. A “secret compartment” is hidden within containing a copy of the official Warrant of Arrest issued for Mandela all those years ago as well as a copy of the front page newspaper story from the Rand Daily Mail dating 8 August 1962 with details of his capture.
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