British East African rupee

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The British East African rupee ( East African rupee ) was the currency of the British colonies and protectorates from 1906 to 1920, i.e. British East Africa , Tanganyika and Zanzibar .

The British East African rupee was divided into 100 cents and replaced the Indian rupee previously circulating in East Africa .

In 1920 the British East African rupee was replaced by the British pound sterling in a ratio of 1 rupee = 2 shillings (1 florin ). In East Africa, the rupee was replaced by the East African florin that same year .

It is also worth mentioning that this currency contained the first aluminum coin ever, namely the 1-cent piece from 1907.

In terms of value, it also corresponded to the German-East African rupee .


1 cent coin of the East African rupee from 1913. Diameter 22.3 mm

Silver coins were issued in 1906 at the values ​​of 25 and 50 cents, followed by the aluminum 1 cent piece and the copper-nickel -10 cent in 1907, the aluminum ½ cent in 1908 and the copper-nickel 5-cent coin 1913. In 1909 copper-nickel replaced aluminum.


In 1906 the first banknotes were put into circulation by the British East Africa government (the first dated 1905), denominated 5, 10, 20, 40, 100 and 500 rupees. In 1920 the East African Currency Board issued a 1 rupee note just before the rupee was replaced.