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Double 99

Year: 1899
Coin: Double 99
Diameter: 22,0mm
Mass: 7,988 grammes
Edge: Milled
Designer: Otto Schultz
Metal Content: Gold 916,92 / Copper 83,08
Mintage Figure: 130

Obverse

Design: President Paul Kruger
Inscription: ZUID AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK
Remarks: Since the 1898 dies never arrived in Pretoria, it was decided to overstamp 130 new 1898 coins. The figures were counter-stamped below Kruger’s bust.

Reverse

Design: Z.A.R. Coat of Arms in a circle, with eagle and flags
Inscription: 1 POND 1898
Remarks: N/A

A Brief History

In 1899 the Kruger Pond/Pound dies were intercepted by the British in Lourenzo Marques. To mark the wartime re-opening of the mint it was decided to overstamp 1898 ponds with a 99 overstamp below Krugers bust. The first coin to be processed was stamped with a single 9. It was then decided to stamp another 130 of the 1898 ponde with a smaller pair of nines. These coins are known as the ’99 overstamps’. The 130 ponde were struck with a smaller punch – the 9 measuring about 1.1mm. These coins are exceptionally rare.

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The 1898 Single “9” is the most important African coin. Sold by South Cape Coins.

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