24
Mar 2021

People know that the world’s first heart transplant was performed in Cape Town by Dr Chris Barnard, but do they know that the other South African inventions include the CAT scan, Q20, Kreepy Krawly and a unique wealth preservation vehicle, the Krugerrand? The first Krugerrand was minted in South Africa in 1967 and has been making news ever since and breaking records.


Rael Demby, CEO of The South African Gold Coin Exchange, The Scoin Shop and SafeGold, explains that “The launch of the gold bullion Krugerrand created a new marketplace and made gold ownership more accessible. The idea behind the coin was to create something that would appeal to collectors and investors as well as serve as legal tender bullion.” 


The first batch, issued in 1967, was the first modern coin to consist of one troy ounce of 22-karat gold with a gold purity level of 91.67%. Over 50 million ounces of Krugerrand coins have been sold globally – by far the most of any other bullion coin regarding volume. The Krugerrand set the global standard for collectable and investment gold coins. Since 1967 many other countries have taken their cue from South Africa and have produced their equivalents. For example, the Canadian Maple Leaf, the American Eagle, the Gold Panda of China and the British Gold Britannia. All of these examples are based on the South African Krugerrand model.


The Krugerrand is one of South Africa’s important assets. It is still the most extensively collected and traded bullion coin in the world. What gives gold coins and collectables such a sparkling reputation? Gold has been used as a form of currency for more than 2,000 years showing gold coins and collectables to be historically proven. Gold coins and collectables are categorised as safe-haven assets, which include property, diamonds, and fine art. According to Demby, “gold coins occupy the top spot in the ranking. They withstand periods of crisis, fluctuation and inflation. Gold coins are a physical commodity. They are tangible. You can feel the weight of a coin. That’s very reassuring. Buyers appreciate genuine physical insurance”.

"At-home storage of uninsured valuables is ludicrous. Our advice is to use a bank’s safe deposit box or a storage facility like SafeGold. Remember, once you lose your gold, you have no recourse, should you become a victim.”

"Gold coins and bars come with no replacement policy: if you lose them, they’re gone for good.”

Holding a gold coin or collectable is a comforting feeling. You appreciate the weight, enjoy the craftsmanship and are encouraged by your ownership. But where are your coins when they are out of your hands? Did you know that you can’t insure Krugerrands that you keep in your own home? You can insure other valuables like jewellery and art but not your Krugerrands? You can insure your car, your pet and your life! But within your own home, it is not possible to insure your Krugerrands at home! Demby ventures that “You instinctively know that gold is valuable and understand it must be stored safely. You probably also realise that gold coins and bars come with no replacement policy: if you lose them, they’re gone for good.”


Hop on the internet, and you might come across a random post suggesting storing gold and silver in a water-filled fish tank. If that sounds crazy, home storage methods like hiding, burying or using a home safe is even crazier. Demby believes “ At-home storage of uninsured valuables is ludicrous. Our advice is to use a bank’s safe deposit box or a storage facility like SafeGold. Remember, once you lose your gold, you have no recourse, should you become a victim.” With SafeGold, your Krugerrands, medallions and numismatics are stored and insured in a state-of-the-art offsite storage facility that specialises in gold storage. When storing your gold, you need to think about security, ownership, accessibility and contamination.


SafeGold is a premium safe custody option at a highly competitive price that is fully insured, audited and unlimited- one fee, and you can put in as much gold as you want. SafeGold offers unrivalled security and total confidentiality and discretion. SafeGold is a trusted, safe custody option that gives you the luxury of remaining anonymous while ensuring your valuable collection is locked up safely and insured for your peace of mind. You don’t want your Krugerrands, collectables and numismatics lumped in together with everyone else’s. So how do you keep possession of your specific gold? Every item is carefully audited and controlled by a team of highly skilled coin connoisseurs. What about accessibility? You want to know you can access or withdraw your gold when needed. SafeGold allows visits to the vaults or delivery service. You can inspect your coins at leisure, and then you can send them back! Importantly, your precious metals are protected from contamination by layers of physical and technological protection. Demby concludes, “ We’ve spent decades building an infrastructure of trusted and committed relationships with our vaults and insurers, allowing us to bring our clients the most affordable, secure storage facility.”

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