East African florin

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The East African florin was the currency of the British Crown Colony of British East Africa from 1920 to 1921. The florin was divided into 100 cents and replaced the East African rupee of the same value. It was replaced by the East African shilling , the value of which corresponded to the British shilling, with an exchange value of 2 shillings = 1 florin.


Due to its short period of validity, only a few coins were minted from the florin and even fewer were brought into circulation. They are therefore very rare today. The coins had the values ​​1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents and 1 florin. However, according to the “Standard Catalog of World Coins” (CL Krause & C. Mishler, Krause Publications), the 50 cent coins were never put into circulation and only 30% of the 1, 5 and 10 cents coins produced.


The East African Currency Board issued banknotes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 florins, whereby the notes with 10 florins and higher also have the denomination in pounds (1, 2, 5, 10 and 50) received.