Tuesday/ here is the silver Krugerrand

The 1-oz. fine silver Krugerrand is larger than the 1-oz. fine gold one. The specific gravity* of silver is only 10.31, while that of gold is 19.32. (That’s an USA quarter dollar coin in the upper right corner, for reference).    *Indicates ‘how many times heavier than water’ the substance is.

I finally gave up trying to order a 2017 South African silver Krugerrand directly from the South African Mint, and used a local coin importer instead.

My silver Krugerrand arrived in the mail today, allowing me to check it out up close with my magnifier.

I love to ‘inspect’ coins – and stamps – from up close, and to see all the fine detail.

Here’s a close-up of the sliver Krugerrand. The Krugerrand had only been issued in gold since 1967. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, 1-0z. coins in silver and in platinum were issued.  For the first time, the family of gold Krugerrand coins is extended to a giant 50-oz Krugerrand (100 mm/ 3.93 in diameter), and a 5-oz Krugerrand and on the smaller side to tiny 1/20 oz. and 1/50 oz. coins. The design of the antelope (a ‘pronking’ springbok, one of South Africa’s national symbols) was introduced in 1984 for the gold coin, and is by Coert Steynberg. I spot an aloe at the bottom of the picture, as well.

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