1 Veld Pond, South African Republic, 1902

1 Veld Pond, South African Republic, 1902

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Description (Brief)
One (1) pond coin
South African Republic, 1902
Obverse Image: Monogram.
Obverse Text: ZAR / 1902
Reverse Image: N/A
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.
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South Africa: South African Republic
place made
South Africa: Mpumalanga, Pilgrim's Rest
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
overall: 24 mm; 15/16 in
ID Number
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Credit Line
Paul A. Straub
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National Museum of American History
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