Double 99

 
Year:
1899

Coin:
Double 99

Diameter:
22,0mm

Mass:
7,988 grammes

Edge:
Milled

Designer:
Otto Schultz

Metal Content:
Gold 916,92 / Copper 83,08

Mintage Figure:
130
 

Obverse

Design:
President Paul Kruger

Inscription:
ZUID AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK

Remarks:
Since the 1898 dies never arrived in Pretoria, it was decided to overstamp 130 new 1898 coins. The figures were counter-stamped below Kruger's bust.
 

Reverse

Design:
Z.A.R. Coat of Arms in a circle, with eagle and flags

Inscription:
1 POND 1898

Remarks:
N/A
 

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A Brief History

In 1899 the Kruger Pond/Pound dies were intercepted by the British in Lourenzo Marques. To mark the wartime re-opening of the mint it was decided to overstamp 1898 ponds with a 99 overstamp below Krugers bust. The first coin to be processed was stamped with a single 9. It was then decided to stamp another 130 of the 1898 ponde with a smaller pair of nines. These coins are known as the ’99 overstamps’. The 130 ponde were struck with a smaller punch – the 9 measuring about 1.1mm. These coins are exceptionally rare.

 

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The 1898 Single "9" is the most important African coin. Sold by South Cape Coins

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