The 1/4oz Gold Krugerrand
The South African Krugerrand is one of the most popular and successful investment coins on the bullion market. The 1/4oz versions make the coins even more accessible to investors looking to give their portfolios and retirement funds a boost. With a gold content of 22 karats, Krugerrand gold coins are valuable assets and at these prices make an excellent investment.
Why buy 1/4oz Gold Krugerrands?
Not only does the 1/4oz South African Krugerrand stand out as an attractive investment tool, but its small size and affordable pricing also positions it a thoughtful gift which will be greatly received by the lucky recipient. With a fine combination of high liquidity value, portability and quality design, the Krugerrand is an established investment coin widely circulated around the world. First minted in 1969, the Krugerrand is the oldest investment coin thus investors have more options from our mixed years collection. And because we can never guarantee the specific years of coins we have in stock, the anticipation adds to the excitement of buying Krugerrands from mixed years.
The Krugerrand is typified by the image of the leaping Springbok Antelope, the national symbol which is synonymous with South Africa. This treasured national emblem was designed by Coert Steynberg and appears on the reverse of the coin alongside the ¼ FINE GOLD weight and the year the coin was minted.
On the obverse side we find the bust of Paul Kruger, the Boer War President who became an instant hero with the natives after successfully defending the country against the invasion of the British in the first assault on the country. Around the upper edges are the words SUID AFRIKA and SOUTH AFRICA, the name of the country spelled in the two native languages, Afrikaans and English.
The Krugerrand is recorded in the annals of history as the first bullion gold to be manufactured for private investors. It therefore changed the shape of the bullion market to make gold coins accessible to everybody as we know today and for this reason is still held with high esteem.
The coin gets its name from Paul Kruger, the President of the old Republic of South Africa who defeated the British in the first Boer War and enjoyed four successful terms in office. The Rand is the official currency of the country, thus Krugerrand was a sensible and appropriate name for a bullion investment coin.
The first coins were struck on 3rd July, 1967 and were made available worldwide in one ounce editions. Although the coin proved to be successful amongst early adopters, many governments banned sales of the coin because of South Africa's apartheid policies.
There were approximately 50,000 one ounce Krugerrands in circulation in that first year and were struck with consistent measure for more than a decade afterwards. At the time the Krugerrand accounted for 90% of the gold bullion market and had very little competition.
That changed in 1979, when the Royal Canadian Mint launched the Maple Leaf which had a higher gold purity, 95% compared to the 91.67% of the Krugerrand.
To counteract the competition, the South African Mint took the decision to offer the coins in fractional measures, first minting the 1/2oz coin and later the 1/4oz coin. The move proved to be decisive and Krugerrands regained their share of the market.
The coins went from strength to strength however following the lifting of apartheid movement in 1994 following the appointment of Nelson Mandela as President. The coins continue to perform strongly in the market today.
The security measures taken by the South African Mint promise top quality manufacturing processes that make the Krugerrand extremely difficult to counterfeit without being detected by experienced dealers like the experts at StoneX Bullion.com.
StoneX Bullion do buy the coins directly from the mint. Buyers can therefore be assured that any South African Krugerrands you purchase from our online store are 100% secure.
Buying and selling 1/4oz Gold Krugerrand coins
StoneX Bullion GmbH buy and sell 1/4oz Krugerrand coins at highly competitive rates and are happy to hear from anybody looking to cash in on their investment. If you do have any ¼oz Krugerrand coins for sale, do not hesitate to contact a member of staff with the details.
Investors looking to add Krugerrands to their portfolio can buy mixed year 1/4oz coins from our online store by adding your selection to you shopping cart indicated to the right of the image above. Simply tell us how many coins you wish to purchase and click on the orange strip to confirm your order. All you have to do then is tell us the country you want your purchase shipping to and follow the on-screen instructions to proceed to check-out.