South Africa 5-RAND (KM590)
South Africa 5-RAND (KM590)

South Africa 5-RAND (KM590) Dove

Griquatown was established in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa by a missionary in 1805. Like many colonial areas of the world at the time, there was a shortage of official coinage, and the Griqua used barter, beads, and rixdollars. To remedy this, an issue of tokens was created in four denominations. This was the "Griqua coinage."

This circulating 5 Rand coin was issued in 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Griquatown coinage, although, as far as I can tell the tokens did not arrive in South Africa until the middle of 1817.

The reverse of this coin depicts both the obverse and reverse of the silver 5 pence coin.

griquatown 5d

Specifications

  • Diameter: 26 mm
  • Composition: Brass in Copper-Nickel ring
  • CAT#: KM590

Obverse Legend

2015 SOUTH AFRICA

Reverse Legend

COINAGE OF GRIQUATOWN 200 1815 2015 R5 GRIQUA IIIII

Edge Legend

SARB R5 (repeating)

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