1 Veld Pond, South African Republic, 1902

Description (Brief):

One (1) pond coin

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South African Republic, 1902

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Obverse Image: Monogram.

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Obverse Text: ZAR / 1902

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Reverse Image: N/A

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Reverse Text: EEN / POND

The South African War (also known as the Second Boer War) between the British and the ancestors of European immigrants (Boers) living in the South African Republic, took place from 1899 to 1902. Toward the end of the war, the remaining fighters for the South African Republic fled into the countryside to a place called Pilgrim’s Rest. They melted down gold bars and gold nuggets and minted their own coins to assert their independence from the British. The fighters used old farm machinery and accessible chemicals to melt the gold down and make it pliable enough to shape into coins. Their hand-chiseled dies produced 968 coins, which are often referred to as “veldpond” because they were made in the South African veld (the Afrikaans word for field) and their denomination is one pond.

Date Made: 1902Associated Date: 1902

Location: Currently not on view

Place Used: South Africa: South African RepublicPlace Made: South Africa: Mpumalanga, Pilgrim's Rest

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.NU48253Catalog Number: NU48253Accession Number: 161590

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: gold (overall material)Measurements: overall: 24 mm; 15/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a7-a6a6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_935485

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