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Krugerrand Gold Coins from South Africa

The Krugerrand was first conceptualized in 1964 as a legal tender bullion coin marked only with its weight in gold. The coin was created as a means for the private ownership of gold bullion by the general public and was first minted at the South African Mint on July 3, 1967.

Every Krugerrand Gold Bullion Coin is a work of art, minted to exacting standards by the South African Mint.

The Krugerrand Gold Bullion Coin’s depiction of Paul Kruger adorns the obverse and the reverse features a springbrok antelope.

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First minted in 1967, the Krugerrand was the first modern 1oz gold bullion coin offered as private ownership of gold. Minted with a 91.7% fineness, the Krugerrand is one of the world’s most widely recognized and trade gold bullion coins. The obverse depicts Paul Kruger, an iconic President of the South African Republic. The reverse shows the springbok antelope, a famous national symbol of South Africa. Available in 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz sizes.

Gold Krugerrands were marketed so successfully that by the early 1980s they held an 89% market share of the entire gold bullion coin industry. The unique concept behind the 1 oz gold Krugerrand was that the coin's value was dervied solely from the current value of gold. As a result the coin was not marked with a rand value.

The gold Krugerrand's popularity and success ultimately led to the minting of gold coins by other nations during the late seventies and mid-eighties; the popular Canadian Maple Leaf in 1979 and the US Gold Eagle in 1986, to name just two.

Gold Krugerrands: Composition

Krugerrand gold coins are legal tender. Its composition was designed to be more durable. Its purity is .9170, or 91.7% gold, with the remainder being copper. Copper alloy gold coins are more resistant to wear than their 24 karat counterparts. The coin also appears closer to an orange shade than coins alloyed with silver. Each 1 oz coin weighs 33.93 grams (consisting of 31.1 grams pure gold and 2.83 grams copper).

The coin's name is a combination of the first Boer president of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger, and the name of the South African currency, the rand. The coin features Paul Kruger on the obverse of the coin and a springbok, a famous national symbol of the South African Republic, on the reverse. The words "South Africa" and "fine gold" are displayed in both English and Afrikaans.

The South African Mint also manufactured limited quantities of proof Krugerrands, which can be differentiated by the number of serrations on the edge of the coin — 220 serrations for proof coins compared to 180 serrations for uncirculated coins.

In 1980, following the success of the 1 oz gold Krugerrand, the South African Mint started producing fractional gold Krugerrands in 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz denominations. These fractionals make it easier to barter with and make gold coins more affordable for every price point.

A special mintage of only 30 proof coins in each denomination commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Krugerrand in 1997.

The Krugerrand is one of the most widely owned gold coins to date, with sales of close to 50 million ounces since inception.

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The South African Krugerrand is an excellent investment vehicle: Recognized internationally and portable. Start today and buy Krugerrands from the North American leader in gold and silver bullion sales.

Minimum Purchase

The minimum purchase of gold bullion coins is 5 ounces. If you are interested in purchasing less than 5 ounces, (for example: 1 Krugerrand), you can do so at our online store:

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Market Value

Krugerrand pricing is based on the current market "spot price" plus a slight premium per coin. The spot price of gold (and all precious metals) is reported every business day in all major newspapers, network television, radio and online. Additionally, spot prices are updated daily on this website.


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purity .9170 | 22 carat gold
* Weight given is that of gold content.
Actual weight is higher.
1 troy oz 32.6 mm 2.75 mm
1/2 troy oz 27.0 mm 2.24 mm
1/4 troy oz 22.0 mm 1.83 mm
1/10 troy oz 16.5 mm 1.19 mm

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