1898 South Africa Gold 1 Pond and 1/4-oz Gold Krugerrand Lost Hoard 2-pc Set NGC AU55

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The Grandfather of the Krugerrand

The South African Gold Krugerrand is the world’s first modern gold bullion coin. But in the late 19th century, South Africa had a different gold coin: the Pond. Struck from 1892 to 1900, the Pond circulated at a time when the nation was fighting to throw of the shackles of British domination. Each coin features the same obverse as the Krugerrand: South Africa’s first president, Paul Kruger, a design that gave the coin the nickname of “The Grandfather of the Krugerrand.”

Discovery of the Lost Hoard

Recently, a large hoard of Ponds and Half Ponds was discovered in Europe, housed in an original mint bag. Due to the political turmoil of the time, most Ponds were destroyed or lost during South Africa’s Revolutionary War. Thus, a Gold Pond hoard of this size is very unusual. The South African Mint stepped in and acquired the entire hoard and then sent the coins off to the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) for grading and certification. And now they’ve returned, ready to become a part of your collection complete with labels certifying them as coming from “The Lost Hoard.”

Special Two-Coin Set

Not only can you acquire a seldom-seen single Gold 1 Pond coin in this offer, but it’s an 1898-dated coin graded in nice Choice About Uncirculated-55 (AU55) condition with all the detail of its strike still visible more than 120 years later. Plus, in this offer you’ll receive a special 2019-dated Quarter-Ounce Gold Krugerrand in Gem Proof condition with a “Lost Hoard” privy mark. Both coins are 22 mm in diameter and feature the same 91.7% (22 karat) gold fineness. NGC has sonically sealed both coins in acrylic display holders.

Signed by South African Mint’s Tumi Tsehlo

In addition, each Gold 1 Pond ‘s label will and feature the signature of Tumi Tsehlo, former Managing Director of the South African Mint and the architect who helped secure this amazing hoard. Both coins will come beautifully housed in a custom wood presentation case along with a Certificate of Authenticity from the South African Mint, a story booklet on the Lost Hoard, and a reproduction of the mint bag the hoard was discovered in.

Limited Availability

Krugerrands with the special “The Lost Hoard” privy mark are only available as a part of this incredible release. Just 667 of these coins were ever struck, making them the lowest mintage Quarter-Ounce Gold Krugerrands ever struck by the South African Mint. If you’re a Krugerrand collector, or ever thought about becoming one, this set is an absolute, no-bones about it, must-have. Don’t miss this opportunity because when these coins are gone who knows when we will ever be able to offer them again!

COIN HIGHLIGHTS:

  • INCREDIBLE GOLD PONDS FROM THE 19 CENTURY – Struck from 1892 to 1900, South Africa’s Gold Ponds feature the same obverse as the Krugerrand: South African President Paul Kruger. The reverse shows an Eagle Above Royal Seal.
  • PAIRED WITH A MODERN KRUGERRAND – Like all Krugerrands before it, this 2019-dated coin features the bust of South African President Paul Kruger. These special Krugerrands also feature a privy mark the reads, “THE LOST HOARD” just above the iconic springbok antelope depicted on the reverse.
  • STRUCK IN HIGHLY PURE GOLD – Both coins are struck in highly pure 91.7% fine (22 karat) gold and measure 22 mm in diameter.
  • LEGAL TENDER COINS – Although gold Krugerrand coins have no face value, they are considered legal tender in South Africa. The vintage Pond coin was 1 Pond legal tender in South Africa.
  • VERY LOW MINTAGES – Just 137,000 Gold Ponds were struck in 1898, and just 667 “Lost Hoard” privy marked Quarter-Ounce Gold Krugerrands were struck in 2019.

Don’t miss your chance to secure “The Grandfather of the Krugerrand” paired with a low-mintage privy-marked Krugerrand with this spectacular 1898 South Africa Gold 1 Pond and Quarter-Ounce Gold Krugerrand Lost Hoard Two-Piece Set. Only limited quantities are available so order yours now!

Year of Issue 1898
Country South Africa
Composition Gold
Purity 0.917
Coin Weight 7.98 Grams - g