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Gold Krugerrand Coin Details
The Krugerrand is a South African coin, first minted on 3rd July, 1967 to help market South African gold and produced by the South African Mint. By 1980, the Krugerrand accounted for 90% of the global gold coin market. The name is a compound of Paul Kruger, the former South African president depicted on the obverse, and rand, the South African unit of currency. The Krugerrand was the first gold coin to contain exactly one troy ounce of gold.
The obverse (front) side of the coin is detailed with a profiled bust of President Paul Kruger, designed by O. Schultz, and features the name of the country in the country’s two native languages, English and Afrikaans.
The reverse (back) side of the coin was designed and engraved by Coert Steynberg, a famous South African sculptor, and depicts the image of a prancing springbok antelope, one of the national symbols of South Africa, originally used on the South African 5-shilling piece.
The reverse side also features the name of the coin, the year of issue, the gold contents, and the words ‘FYNGOUD’ and ‘FINE GOLD’.
In the 1980s, the Krugerrand accounted for 89% of the global gold coin market. For many years the Krugerrand stood alone as the only gold bullion coin available to the international market, but during the years when sanctions against the South African government were applied in the mid-1980s, other mints took the opportunity to issue their own legal tender bullion coins.
By this time, the Krugerrand had already become one of the world’s leading brand names, and with the lifting of the apartheid in 1994 and the ascent of Nelson Mandela to the office of President of South Africa, the coin regained its status as one of the leading gold bullion coins traded worldwide.
It remains so today, with over 46,000,000 pieces (1,420 tonnes of gold) in circulation. The South African Krugerrand is internationally the most popular investment gold bullion coin.
You will fill-up a secure online application form in which one of our IRA specialists will verify overnight. We will take care of the paperwork that are required by your current custodian, which only takes 5-7 business days. Upon the arrival of funds at the 3rd party custodian, i.e. SDIRA, Equity, or Gold Star, we will write the trade for the physical gold and silver. The gold and silver acquired through this process is then shipped, registered and insured to the DSSC, Delaware Depository, a non-governmental, private depository where your metals will be stored in an individual, secure, and insured storage.
How many South African Gold Krugerrands are minted each year? More than 25,000 gold Krugerrands are minted annually. That being said, the largest mint run the coin ever experienced occurred in 1978 when more than six million gold Krugerrands were produced by the South African Mint.
How much is a South African Gold Krugerrand worth in dollars? While the coin’s mass brings it to 1.09 troy ounces, the coin’s monetary value is whatever the market rate of a gold troy ounce happens to be on the day of sale.
Can the South African Gold Krugerrand be used as legal tender? Yes. However, while SARBA (the South African Reserve Bank Act of 1989) classifies them as legal tender, they have no face value.
Are South African Gold Krugerrands illegal in the United States? While these coins were once considered illegal due to growing sanctions over South Africa’s apartheid policy, those sanctions were lifted with the abolition of apartheid in 1994. All Krugerrand coins, even ones minted during the time when international sanctions were fully enforced, are now perfectly legal to own, handle, buy, and sell within the United States.
Are South African Gold Krugerrands a good investment? As a gold bullion coin, South African gold Krugerrands are as good an investment as any other form of gold coin. The Krugerrand once accounted for 90 percent of all gold coins in circulation and is responsible for other nations’ decisions to mint their own gold coinage, including the United States and Canada.
Bloomberg: Gold Will Likely Soar To A Record Within Five Years
Bloomberg: Gold Will Likely Soar To A Record Within Five Years
“Gold will likely soar to a record within five years as asset bubbles burst in everything from bonds to credit and equities, forcing investors to find a haven”, reported Bloomberg last week, quoting Old Mutual Global Investors’ Diego Parrilla.
The metal is at the start of a multi-year bull run with a “few thousand dollars of upside” in a world of “monetary policy without limits” where central banks print lots of money and low or negative interest rates prevail, said Parrilla, who joined the firm as managing director of commodities last month. He’s worked at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
“As some of the excesses in other asset classes get unwound, gold will perform very strongly,” said 43-year-old Parrilla, who has almost 20 years experience in precious-metals markets. The “perfect storm scenario will mean that gold will perform best when other classes are doing worst.”
While gold has climbed 24 percent this year amid low or negative rates, it slumped more than 40 percent from its record in 2011 through the end of last year to what Parrilla called “very oversold, very distressed” levels. With the downside only a few hundred dollars, the risk-to-reward ratio is extremely asymmetric and skewed to the upside, he said in an interview on Sept. 14.
In the first of two monetary-policy announcements on Wednesday, the Bank of Japan shifted the focus of stimulus from expanding the money supply to controlling interest rates, which some economists deemed as further evidence that BOJ policy had reached the limits of its effectiveness. The Federal Reserve is also due to make a policy decision, with traders seeing the probability for an interest-rate hike at only 22 percent.
Bloomberg: Gold Will Outlive Dollar Once Slaughter Comes
Bloomberg: Gold Will Outlive Dollar Once Slaughter Comes
The world’s monetary system is in the process of melting down. We have entered the endgame for the dollar as the dominant reserve currency, but most investors and policy makers are unaware of the implications.
The only questions are how long the denouement of the dollar reserve system will last, and how much more damage will be inflicted by new rounds of quantitative easing or more radical monetary measures to prop up the system.
Whether prolonged or sudden, the transition to a stable monetary system will become possible only when the shortcomings of the status quo become unbearable. Such a transition is, by definition, nonlinear. So central-bank soothsaying based on the extrapolation of historical data and the repetition of conventional wisdom offers no guidance on what lies ahead.
It’s amazing that there is no intelligent discourse among policy leaders on the subject of monetary rot and its implications for the future economic and political landscape. Until there is fundamental monetary reform on an international scale, most economic forecasts aren’t worth the paper on which they are written.
Telltale signs of future trouble aren’t hard to spot. Only a few months ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and a chorus of other high-ranking Fed officials were talking about exit strategies from the U.S. central bank’s bloated balance sheet and the financial system’s unprecedented excess liquidity. Now, those same officials are talking about pumping more money into the system to stimulate growth.
And they’re not alone: Six months ago, the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard, suggested that raising inflation targets to 4 percent from 2 percent wouldn’t be too risky.
This sort of talk must grate on the nerves of our trading partners, China, India, Russia and others, who have accumulated pyramids of non-yielding Treasury debt. No haven there. Return- free risk may be a better way to put it. And bickering among central bankers over currency manipulation and rising trade tensions doesn’t exactly reinforce one’s confidence in a scenario of sustained economic growth and a return to prosperity.
The prospects for an orderly unwinding of the extreme posture of global monetary policy are zero. Bernanke, Jean- Claude Trichet and Mervyn King, his counterparts in Europe and the U.K. respectively, are huddling en masse upon the most precarious perch in the history of monetary affairs. These alleged guardians of monetary stability, in their attempts to shore up the system, have simply created the incinerator for paper money. We are past the point of no return. Quantitative easing may well become a way of life.
No Freak Occurrence
The consensus investment view seems to be that the credit crisis of 2008 was a freak occurrence, unlikely to repeat. That is wishful thinking. Monetary policy has painted itself into a corner. Based on our present course, there will be more bubbles and more meltdowns.
Financial markets and institutions sense trouble, as reflected in the flight to supposedly safe assets such as Treasuries and corporate-debt instruments with paltry yields, as well as the reluctance to lend by commercial banks. We are stuck in an epic liquidity trap. The irony is, if global central banks succeed in creating inflation, the value of these safe assets will be destroyed. It is a slaughter waiting to happen.
In the pedantic mentality of central bankers, their playbook creates just the right amount of inflation. As inflation accelerates, consumers will spend to get rid of their dollars of diminishing value and spur the economy. Once consumers start spending, it will be time to raise interest rates because a solid foundation for prosperity will have been established, they say.
But whatever the playbook promises, the capacity of financial markets to overshoot can’t be overestimated. The belief among policy makers and financial markets in the possibility of this sort of fine-tuning is preposterous, but it is the slender thread on which remaining investment and business confidence rests.
The breakdown of the monetary system will be chaotic. When inflation commences, it will be highly disruptive. The damage to fixed-income assets will seem instantaneous. Foreign-exchange markets will become dysfunctional. The economy will become even more fragile and unpredictable.
Gold is an imperfect, but comparatively reliable, market gauge for the extent of current and future monetary destruction. The recent acceleration in the dollar price of the metal to $1,381, a record high in nominal terms, coincided with talk of a new round of quantitative easing and highly visible discord among major nations on trade and currency-valuation issues.
Naysayers point to gold’s price and see a bubble, without understanding that the only acceleration that is taking place is in the rate of decline of paper currency. The Fed is organizing an attack on the dollar’s value, believing that this is the most expedient way to defuse deflationary market forces. The man in the street is unaware, a perfect setup. Inflation can only be successful when the public doesn’t see it coming.
The sudden torrent of commentary on gold isn’t the sign of a bubble. Anti-gold pundits provide a great service to those who grasp this historical moment: They facilitate the advantageous positioning of the one asset most likely to be left standing when the dust settles.
John Hathaway is a managing director of Tocqueville Asset Management LP in New York. The opinions expressed are his own.)
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