The Berlin Double Strike Krugerrand Set
The Double Strike Krugerrand Set is a combination of the 2006 and 2010 Krugerrand Launch Sets. The Double Strike Set contains the mintmark 1 oz Krugerrand and the commemorative medallion from both sets respectively. Both the 2006 and 2010 Krugerrand Launch Sets commemorated the historical links between South Africa's first official coinage and the Imperial Mint (Berlin). The launches took place at the Berlin Mint where the mintmark Krugerrands and the commemorative medallions were struck.
Although permission had been granted to build a mint in Pretoria for the Boer Republiek (ZAR), President Paul Kruger who was in the middle of a re-election campaign, hurriedly arranged for the ZAR'S new coinage to be designed and manufactured at the Imperial Mint in Berlin so that the first issue could be ready in 1892 in time for the elections. Shortly after the coins appeared, pandemonium erupted! Kruger's political opponents used certain features in the designs as weapons against his re-election. Much fun was made over the German die-engraver's initials on the obverse coin "OS" (Otto Schultz) which had been inadvertently engraved under Paul Kruger's portrait. In Afrikaans the word "os" means "ox" and his opponents used this to their advantage! Paul Kruger recalled all the coins and the initials "OS" were
removed from the new coin dies. Even today, Otto Schultz's initials do not feature on the obverse side of the modern Krugerrand which features the original design.
To honour the German die-engraver after all this time, the initials of Otto Schultz, "OS", together with Berlin's main symbol - the bear - became the mintmark on the special 2006 1 oz Krugerrand. In 1280, the image of the bear was incorporated on Berlin's new great seal and soon afterwards became the main symbol of the city. The 2006 launch set's silver medallion, is a replica of the original 5 Shilling coin issued in 1892. An "R" (replica) appears below the bust of Paul Kruger on the obverse.
On the obverse of the 2010 1 oz special Krugerrand is a mintmark of the "Berlin Bear" together with the wording "Berlin". The 2010 Launch Set's sterling silver medallion, was co-designed by the South African Mint and the Berlin State Mint. The ZAR Coat of Arms and a replica "R" feature on the obverse. The Brandenburg Gate, as shown on the reverse, is a famous icon of Berlin and is depicted together with the Berlin Bear.
|Mass:||33.930 grams, 28.00 grams, 33.930 grams, 28.00 grams|
|Diameter:||32.69 mm, 38.00 mm, 32.69 mm, 38.00 mm|
|Metal Content:||Au 916.67 Cu 83.33, Ag 925 Cu 75, Au 916.67 Cu 83.33, Ag 999|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||CL Steynberg, O Schultz, CL Steynberg, K Naudszus|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||O Schultz, O Schultz, O Schultz, MJ Scheepers|
|Purity:||22 carat Gold|