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ZAR Coins

ZAR coins are historic coins from the old “Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek” or ZAR Republic, also formerly known as the Transvaal Republic. The ZAR Republic was an independent Boer-ruled country, occupying an area in South Africa later known as the Transvaal Province during the end of the 19th century.

Coins from this period are highly sought after and collectable because of the significant part of South African history attached to these coins. The ZAR coins as they are known, are some of the most sought after coins in the world today. The ZAR coins were the first truly South African coins minted.

Burgers- Ponde and Kruger- Ponde

The most sought after coins in the ZAR collection are the gold coins struck or minted between 1874 and 1902, including the famous Burgers-Ponde from 1874 and the Kruger-Ponde and ½ Ponde minted over a 10-year period between 1892 and 1902.

Below is a breakdown of some of the most significant gold coins from this period:

1874 Burgers Ponde ( Considered to be the 1st truly South African coins minted. Minted in 2 batches, later known as “Fine Beard Burgers Ponde” and “Course Beard Burgers Ponde”.

1892 Kruger Ponde ( Minted in Berlin. Germany in 2 batches. The 1st batch was minted with a mistake on the coin. It featured a double shaft continental European wagon on the coin instead of a single shaft Voortrekker wagon. The 2 versions available are known as “Double Shaft” and “Single Shaft “ ponde.

1893-1897 Kruger Ponde

1898 Kruger Ponde

1898 Sammy Marks Tickey ( In 1898 President Paul Kruger granted a mining magnate named Sammy Marks the privilege of using the state mint for a day. Sammy Marks struck 215 gold tickeys for his family and friends )

1898 99 Overstamp ( Start of the Anglo Boer War )

1900-1901 Kaalponde ( To assist with the shortage of coins which occurred during the British invasion of Transvaal, “blanks” or “Kaalponde” , removed from the ZAR mint during the invasion were placed into circulation

1902 Veldponde ( Minted in the Veldt by handmade dies. In 1902 the Anglo Boer War ended)

The authentication and grading of ZAR coins are essential and plays a huge part in determining the rarity and value of the coins

Authenticated and Graded ZAR coins are recognised worldwide.

Coins are graded using a grading system with a numerical quality out of a possible 70 points, with 70 being the highest grading obtainable

The following organisations are leaders in the industry of authenticating and grading of coins and are recognised by Numismatics worldwide:

  • NGC – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
  • PCGS – Professional Coin Grading Service

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