1 Burgers Pond, South African Republic, 1874

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One (1) pond coin

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South African Republic, 1874

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Obverse Image: Portrait of Thomas François Burgers facing left.

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Reverse Image: Coat of arms of the South African Republic.

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South Africa is famous for its gold deposits. Before the unearthing of the major gold reefs in Witwatersrand starting in 1884, Boer settlers found small quantities of gold in the Transvaal area. In the 1870s, the president of the South African Republic (Transvaal), Thomas Burgers, sent some gold nuggets to England to have a small number of coins minted for the South African Republic. These gold coins feature Burgers’s portrait and are often referred to as “Staatsponden,” “Burgersponds,” or “Burgers sovereigns.” Burgers was widely criticized by members of his community for placing his own image on the coins, which was seen by some as vain and dictatorial. The coins were not widely used.

Date Made: 1874Associated Date: 1874

Location: Currently not on view

Place Used: South Africa: South African RepublicPlace Made: United Kingdom: England, Birmingham, Birmingham

See more items in: Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection, Paul A. Straub Collection, South African Currency


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Credit Line: Paul A. Straub

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.NU48250Catalog Number: NU48250Accession Number: 161590

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: gold (overall material)Measurements: overall: 22 mm; 7/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a7-a518-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_935475

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