FACT: The Strachan & Co coins are South Africa's first circulating indigenous currency (they circulated for nearly 60 years from 1874). The Griquatown token coins never circulated (proof at this link.) Check out the links below for proof of the Strachan coin's historic role in South African numismatics.
Recent comments have been made questioning the exact year the first S&Co currency tokens were released. In summary Scott Balson spent many hours with the General Manager of Strachan and Co, Ken Strachan, in 1977 and 1978 going over all aspects of these coins. Ken Strachan, Donald Strachan's grandson, confirmed to Scott that the first set of S&Co tokens were released on the first day the new company opened its doors (ie in 1874). His comment was on point - how could you launch a new store in such a remote area without coins to facilitate trade?
The two scans linked here confirm the 1874 date of initial circulation claimed:
FACT: The first set of Strachan & Co coins were released in 1874 when this new business, set up by Donald Strachan and Charles Brisley, was launched.
[History of the Griqua Nation]
[History of the Strachan Family]
[More than just "tokens"] [Background to tokens] [The forgotten South African Currency]
[Technical information] [Going prices] [The two "in goods" sets]
[Tokens scrapped] [Large image of complete set of S&Co] [S&Co Error Coins and Oddities]
[The book set to make the Strachan and Co tokens famous]
[Strachan and Co Set for sale - April 2008]
Griqua Coin and Bank Note Menu
[1815/16 Griqua Town "coins"] [1860: Durban Club 6d] [1862 Durban Bank £5 Bank Note] [1868: Griqua £1 Bank Note]
[1874: Mount Currie Express Stamp] [1874/1932: Strachan and Co Currency Tokens] [Other E Griqualand Tokens]
[1870s Griqua Town Patterns] [1890: Griqua Patterns] [Other Serious Griqua Coin Collectors]
[The History of the Griqua People] [Other South African Metal Token Coins]
[Book: History of the Griquas and their money]