What makes the price of Krugerrands go up and down?

2015-01-21 18:48

Krugerrand prices are driven largely by three variables:

First is the dollar price of gold – as the price of gold internationally, in dollar terms, goes up, the value of Krugerrands will do the same.

To be more precise, every 1% increase in gold price internationally, will translate into roughly the same for Krugerrand.

Thus, if inflation erodes the value of international currencies (like in the 1980s when dollar and pound inflation was running at double digit numbers), owners of Krugerrand are protected.

Secondly, the rate of exchange between the rand and US dollar. Any depreciation in the rand increases the rand price of Krugerrands. By illustration – if the rand depreciates against the dollar (assuming an unchanged gold price), a Krugerrand’s value would similarly increase. This is very important – by owning Krugerrands, you protect the dollar purchase power of your money.

Finally, by virtue of it being in minted form, a Krugerrand trades at a premium to the intrinsic gold value. This is called the numismatic premium. When buying coins online from FNB, this is normally quoted at 4%, meaning that the total purchase price equals 104% of the rand gold price than prevailing.

When selling one’s coin, the premium is recovered. The numismatic premium results in a slightly geared exposure to the gold price, meaning owning a one ounce Krugerrand actually gives one exposure to 1.04 ounces of gold.

From the above it is clear that an investor in Krugerrands gains protection against a weakening of the rand against the dollar.

Furthermore, it provides exposure to the dollar price of gold. And, due to the numismatic premium, the value of a Krugerrand is slightly above that of the contained bullion. The SARB provides a guaranteed buy-back on all Krugerrands at bullion value. As such Krugerrands should never trade below the rand value of the contained gold; for a one ounce coin, that means the dollar gold price, multiplied by the dollar-rand spot exchange rate.

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