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Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR)
Coins, related Bank Notes and Exonumia 1872 to 1902:

Without doubt the great boer war of 1899 - 1902 has been the greatest factor behind the global interest in the coins and bank notes of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek. So many colonial sons from Great Britain, Australia and even Canada fought for Queen Victoria and the "Land of Hope and Glory" (see below). The new oppressors, the British, were no worse than the Boers who in turn had earlier displaced the weaker multiracial Griqua peoples in the region now known as the Orange Free State and, before them, the nomadic hunting bushmen had been ruthlessly erradicated in turn by the Griquas. All this happened within the period of just one hundred years.

Image right: the flag of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek, the "Vierkleur" (four colour) used during the Boer War. The flag, first raised in 1884, was based on the colours of Imperial Germany. (More at this link

All South Africa's classic numismatic rarities were minted or printed during or before the boer war - consider the Veld Pond, Burgers Pond, Strachan and Co tokens, the Griqua Een Pond bank note and Kruger coinage. All these pieces are now classic chariots - great investments - as demand grows.

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Pres Burgers
[1872: Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) £1 Note] [1874: Coarse Beard Burgers Pond] [1874: ZAR Patterns]

Pres Paul Kruger

[1892 Double Shafted Coins] [1892 - 1900: ZAR Paul Kruger Coins] [OFS Postal Notes]
[1900 Pretoria Bank Notes] [1901 Pietersburg Bank Notes] [1902 Te Velde Bank Notes]
[Boer POW notes]
[1902: Veld Pond] [ZAR Coins tampered with by Boer and British Prisoners of War (POWs)]

Boer War Siege notes and exonumia
 [1893 Bechuanaland Border Police Coins] [1899- 1900: Mafeking Siege Notes and Newspaper Siege Slips]
[1900 Marshall Hole Bulawayo Card Currency]

Miscellaneous Exonumia
[Who is Paul Kruger] [Title Deeds signed by Kruger] [Lord Roberts' proclamation of Kruger's desertion - Sept 1900]
[Contemporary Books on Boer War] [Kruger's Unique Family Photo] [Other Boer Coins & Medallions]

[Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek Coins and Notes] [Web Site Text Site Map]
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Background music (classical contemporary British war song) sung by Clara Butt 1911:
Land of Hope and Glory,
Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee,
Who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider
Shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty,
Make thee mightier yet.

Links to Related Coin Rarities and their History:

[Griqua Coin and Notes] [Kruger Coin and Notes] [German East Africa Coin and Notes]
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Classic rarity - 1959 Specially Selected Five Shilling rated at 67 by ANACS


Classic rarity -
1959 Specially Selected Five Shilling rated at 67 by ANACS

The Balson Holdings Family Trust has a large collection of post 1923 S African coinage.

This classic rarity in the Balson Holdings Family Trust collection is the highest rated non-proof 1959 South African five shilling piece in existence. The 1959 5/- is South Africa's rarest non-ZAR crown with a circulation of just 6,139 coins of which most, some 2,200, were issued as specially selected. No crowns were required for circulation in 1959 due to sufficient mintage in previous years, but at the request of numismatics societies they were produced in order to maintain the series.

The specially selected piece below is on a par with its "Gem Proof" brother being recorded as MS 67 - making this piece a double rarity through low circulation and exceptionally high grade.


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