6. The 99 Over stamp

After the production of ‘The Single 9’ it was decided that the ‘9’ that was stamped upon the bust of the coin was too large. The ‘Single 9’ had been produced to prove to the world that the ZAR was still producing currency after the dies for 1899 had been seized by the British.

The obverse of the extremely rare 99 Overstamp.

It was decided to use a smaller punch and two smaller nines were stamped below the Kruger’s bust. These are called the Double Nine Over stamps. They only minted 130 of these and they are extremely rare. Only a handful of collectors and investors can lay claim to having certified examples.

Ladysmith on the 30th of October 1899, which became known at the time as 'mournful Monday'.

These are the most easily forged of all of our coins. All that has to be done is to stamp two small nines below the bust on an 1898 coin. There is no known technology in the world that allows for the manufacture of an exact duplicate of any original coin or otherwise. These fakes are easily spotted by the expert and trained eye, but the same cannot be said for the novice.

These coins, as with the ‘Single 9’, were produced to ratify and prove that the ZAR was an independent country producing coinage in 1899, at the advent of the Boer War of 1899-1902. Anytime an investor or collector has the opportunity to buy these, snap them up. They go up for sale very infrequently and are excellent investments in all grades. Do not buy these coins raw and uncertified, as you could end up with a forgery or a worthless cleaned coin.