South African coins, token coins & bank notes from van Riebeeck to 1932

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The young Griqua below is the face of early South African numismatics. This classic image has now been put into paint - click the face.
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Who are the Griquas? Important Historical Figures in Griqua History Hundreds of Rare Related Books Related Documents Griqua Coins ZAR Coins Strachan and Co coins Coins for Sale Danielskuil Campbell Philippolis Kokstad Kranshoek Griqua Painting

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Griqua history is now in an easy to read book "Children of the Mist" published by Scott Balson in 2007.

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Research on Coins and Notes
ZAR (Boer Republic)
German East Africa
Quality South African Token Coins

Getting the facts straight:
In response to Hern's latest claims

The fallacy of the Griquatown coins

South Africa's first indigenous currency
Strachan and Co (S&Co) trade tokens
F C Larkan tokens
More South African tokens

S&Co Set For Sale
The sixteen tokens rarely seen for sale

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Who are the Griquas?
Important historical figures
Interactive Map of East Griqualand

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