6 Pence, South African Republic, 1897 (modified)

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One (1) 6 pence coin

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South African Republic, 1897

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Obverse Image: Bust of Paul Kruger facing left.

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Obverse Text: N/A

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Reverse Image: Wreath.

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Reverse Text: Z.A.R. / 6 / 18 97

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General information: This coin has been modified. A hat has been carved atop Kruger's head and his beard has been carved out.

This coin features a portrait of Paul Kruger, the president of the South African Republic (also known as the ZAR or Transvaal) from 1883 to 1900. Kruger descended from a group of European (primarily Dutch) immigrants known as Boers (Afrikaners), who colonized the Cape of Good Hope and surrounding areas beginning in the 1600s. To escape British rule, they moved eastward into South Africa to establish a self-governing South African Republic. Kruger rose to global prominence for his leadership in resisting British intrusion into the Transvaal and, ultimately, fighting the British in the South African War (1899–1902). Shortly after the British won the war, the South African Republic was renamed the Transvaal Province and was joined with other British colonies in the region under the Union of South Africa. This coin was produced during Kruger’s presidency, shortly before the war.

Date Made: 1897

Location: Currently not on view

Place Used: South Africa: South African Republic

See more items in: Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection, South African Currency


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Credit Line: Catherine Bullowa

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.NU60410.0071Catalog Number: NU60410.0071Accession Number: 222037

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: silver (overall material)Measurements: overall: .11 cm x 1.91 cm; 1/32 in x 3/4 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng4b29406cc-5416-2026-e053-15f76fa08751

Record Id: nmah_1986723

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