In 1898 for the birthday of Sammy Marks, a mining magnate and close confidante of “President Paul Kruger”, Sammy Marks was given the run of the mint for one day. Sammy Marks requested the Tickey (3d), normally minted in silver, be minted in gold. The reason why 215 of these coins now referred to as the Sammy Marks Tickey were minted is not known, but it is thought that they were used as gifts. The Sammy Marks Tickey is included in one of the ultimate sets which one can hope to own, affectionately referred to as the “ZAR Big 5”
Of the 215 Sammy Marks Tickeys which were minted, to date only 40 have been graded by either PCGS or NGC.