Perhaps we should be flattered by the number of people including dealers who continually infringe our IP (Intellectual Property) rights by using our copyright images, but we do not find it amusing, and will take legal action against any copyright thieves.
ebay is just one of the many coin dealers, bloggers & websites worldwide who commit copyright theft by using our copyright images without our permission. We presumed that the author of the ebay Guide had stolen our photos, but they do not appear in the Guide itself.
We therefore conclude that ebay itself are responsible for the copyright infringement. They are clearly using our 1974 Krugerrand Reverse photograph.
Defining a Krugerrand is fairly straightforward, but understanding its significance may require a crash course in world economics and international politics.
A Krugerrand is a gold coin minted by the Republic of South Africa, but it would never be used to buy groceries or gas. Unlike other gold coins, the Krugerrand has no actual face value apart from its precious metal content. On the front of the coin is a profile of Paul Kruger, an early president of the Republic of South Africa. The Afrikaans words Suid Afrika appear, along with the English South Africa. The back of a Krugerrand features a male springbok, a national symbol of South Africa. There is also a date stamped in two sections on either side of the springbok image. A Krugerrand has serrated edges.
It is dishonest and unethical to pirate and steal other people’s work by using high quality copyright photographs without the owner’s consent. We can partially understand why they do it; it is quick and easy (but then so is robbing people).