Pond, Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, 1874, Gold -  Fine Beard Reverse
    Pond, Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, 1874, Gold -  Fine Beard Obverse
    Pond, Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, 1874, Gold -  Fine Beard Reverse
    Pond, Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, 1874, Gold -  Fine Beard Obverse

    Pond, Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, 1874, Gold - Fine Beard

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    Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek(ZAR), 1874, Pond, Gold, Fine Beard(FB), Part of the President Burgers Series

     
    The Burgers Ponde was the first Gold coin minted in South Africa. Two coins were minted in 1874, the Fine Beard(FB) and the Coarse Beard(CB). There is a variety for the Coarse Beard, referred to as the double 8.

    The Burgers Ponde are one of South Africa's most intriguing and valuable types. It is the first gold coin struck for South Africa (although struck in England). President Burgers personally commissioned the project but his proposal to have the Ponde officially adopted as circulation coinage was rejected by the "Volksraad" (Parliament) of the ZAR. As such only a limited number was minted and largely held as keepsakes by the population.

    Two types of obverse exist, namely the Course Beard and Fine Beard varieties.  

    Coin Specifications

    Country

    Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek(ZAR), South Africa

    Year

    1874

    Value

    Pond

    Metal

    Gold (0.9166, 7.3224gm)

    Weight

    7.9151gm – 7.997gm

    Diameter

    22.33mm

    Thickness

    2.2098mm – 2.3114mm

    Designer

    L.C. Wyon

    Shape

    Round

    Demonetized

    Yes

    Obverse

    Portrait of President Thomas Francois Burgers with Fine Beard (FB)The bottom part of the coarse beard displays four thick points, whereas the fine beard has one thick front point, then two longer and thinner points, followed by three shorter points. The lower neck hair in the coarse beard variety is more pronounced than that of the fine beard variety.

    Lettering:

    THOMAS FRANCOIS BURGERS

    1874

    Reverse

    Features the full Coat of Arms

    Lettering:

    ZUID AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK

    Edge

    Reeded

    Mintage

     

    Mintage

    Proof Mintage

    1874 Fine Beard(FB)

    695

    None

    1874 Coarse Beard(CB)

    142

    None

     

    Material
    Gold
    Denomination
    Pond
    Shape
    Round
    Time
    1800s

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