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South African Gold Ponds & Rands

In addition to Krugerrands in four different sizes, we often have in stock earlier South African gold coins, denominated in ponds (pounds) and rands. In the tables below, we give specifications for most of them, followed by coins offered for sale from our current stocks.

Kruger Ponds

In 1960, South Africa became a republic and abandoned the British derived currency of Pounds, Shillings and Pence in favour of a decimal currency based on the Rand (valued at 10 old shillings). However, even before the South Africa had become a unified British colony, the independent Boer Republics used a £sd system after the British model, no doubt due to the interflow of trade between the Boer Republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State and the British Cape Colony.
The Afrikaners made some slight alterations to the terminology with some of the coins however, as they did not want their denominations to be associated with British royalty, hence the Half-Crown was referred to simply as 'Two Shillings and Sixpence' and the Sovereign and Half-Sovereign equivalent were referred to as 'Pond' (Pound) and its half equivalent. The Kruger Ponds of the Boer Republics, shown here, were struck between 1892 and 1900. They are quite common due to the large concentrations of gold present in South Africa, which later led to the creation of a Branch of the Royal Mint being established there in 1923 in the city of Pretoria. Despite this, they are quite desirable and their total mintage is much less than those of British sovereigns.
Many of these Ponds were brought back to the UK by British soldiers following the Boer War as souvenirs. We typically have Boer Republic Kruger Ponds and Half-Ponds in stock.

Kruger Specifications

Technical specifications of the most frequently encountered South African gold coins.
1 Pond227.9980.91660.2354
1/2 Pond193.9940.91660.1177
1 Pound227.9980.91660.2354
1/2 Pound193.9940.91660.1177
2 Rands227.9981.91660.2354
1 Rand193.9940.91660.1177


Denomination = Face value
Diameter = Approximate Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.
Alloy = Fineness of gold.
AGW = Actual fine gold weight in troy ounces.

South African One Rand - Our Choice

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South African Two Rand - Our Choice

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Prices & Availability

Please contact us prior to ordering for current prices and availability.
DateDenominationGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
1892PondFine No£260$300
1895Half PondaVF135,000Yes£175*$280
1897Half PondaVF75,000Yes£175*$280
1997Tenth Ounce One RandProof FDC Boxed, Heart Transplant1,000Yes£See Page$See Page
20012 RandProof YesSee pageSee page

*Prices and availability correct as of June 2011.

Rand Proof Sets
Proof sets of 1 rand and 2 rand coins.

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Postage & Packing

UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10, Insured Shipping $20
Canada Airmail $15, Insured Shipping $30
Obverse of 1895 South African Half Pond

Obverse of 1895 South African Half Pond

Reverse of 1895 South African Half Pond

Reverse of 1895 South African Half Pond

Obverse of 1898 South African 1 Pond

Obverse of 1898 aEF South African One Pond

Reverse of 1898 South African 1 Pond

Reverse of 1898 aEF South African One Pond

South Africa

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Obverse of 1971 South African 1 Rand

Obverse of 1971 South African One Rand

Obverse of 1971 South African 1 Rand

Reverse of 1971 South African One Rand


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