2 Shillings, South African Republic, 1897

Description (Brief):

One (1) 2 shilling coin

Description (Brief)

South African Republic, 1897

Description (Brief)

Obverse Image: Bust of Paul Kruger facing left.

Description (Brief)

Obverse Text: N/A

Description (Brief)

Reverse Image: Modified coat of arms of the South African Republic.

Description (Brief)

Reverse Text: ZUID AFRIK. REPUB. 1897 / 2 SHILLINGS

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


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2021.0039.0019Accession Number: 2021.0039Catalog Number: 2021.0039.0019

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: silver (overall material)Measurements: overall: .19 cm x 2.9 cm; 1/16 in x 1 5/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng42f2bfde6-986f-46f1-91c4-73244d400b4c

Record Id: nmah_2003176

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