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This item listed by DNW as a gold ingot with the Griqua coat of arms, sold for roughly R200 000.00. The stamps were added later. Interesting piece if indeed it is a Griqua issue.

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Fascinating

 

But that bird symbol is not and never has been the Griqua "coat of arms"

 

Where did its label "Griqua gold" originate?

 

Kind regards

 

Scott Balson

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Here is the list of current London Bullion Market Association markings on hundreds of gold bars: LBMA | Gold List

 

You will note the word Griqua appears nowhere.. and never has.

 

The bar is likely to be German (birds were often used to ID belongings) - perhaps Thomas can cast some light on this?

 

FYI here is what the Griqua seal (coat of arms) looks like - from the Griqua title deed signed by Adam Kok that I hold in my museum... http://www.tokencoins.com/griqua/kokt2.jpg

 

and the "coat of arms" on their flag has always been the kanniedood plant...

 

I am waiting with anticipation for someone to suggest that the Griqua mine gold at Griquatown! Here's a reality check.. video of the only mine near Griquatown and the archaic manner in which tigers eye is mined - filmed just a few weeks ago:

 

Suggestions that this bar has something to do with the Griqua is almost as laughable as the suggestion that the Griquatown tokens ever circulated amongst the Griqua!

 

I am just waiting for the news of the first Griqua rocket being launched into outer space from the water tank at Griquatown :))

 

Here is that water tank... http://www.griquas.com/2011/19/19e.jpg

 

Kind regards

 

Scott Balson

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