Single 9

 
Year:
1899

Coin:
Single 9

Diameter:
22,0mm

Mass:
7,988 grammes

Edge:
Milled

Designer:
Otto Schultz

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

Mintage Figure:
One
 

Obverse

Design:
President Paul Kruger

Inscription:
ZUID AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK

Remarks:
On the 2nd day of November 1899 at 10.30am, a single figure 9 was stamped at the bottom of the President's bust, slightly overlapping the design. The coin is known as 'the single nine counterstamp' and is South Africa's only unique coin.
 

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 - approximately 2,3mm in length - on the obverse of an 1898 coin. This took place at exactly 10:30 am on the 2nd of November 1899. It was later presented to the American Consul in Pretoria.

The late King Farouk of Egypt later bought the coin in Paris. In 1954 it was sold at a Sotheby auction for an estimated R650-00. In 1969 it was sold by Days’ postal auction as part of the late Dr. CL Froelich’s collection for R2530-00. In 1981 it was sold by Phoenix postal auction for R45 000-00. In 1983 it was sold by Phoenix Auction for R132 000-00 to Mr. Kraay in South Africa. Mr. Kraay then sold it in 1998 for R4,65 million. The current value of the coin is estimated at R15 million.
Documentation accompanies this coin confirming its authenticity.

 

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

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