Proof 1/2 Rupee, Issued by, Imperial British East Africa Company, Mombasa, Kenya, 1890 H
Minted by The Mint, Birmingham
Radiate sun surmounted by a crown; below on ribbon, LIGHT AND LIBERTY; around, IMPERIAL BRITISH EAST AFRICAN COMPANY, mint mark H below the sun
Within an open laurel wreath tied with bow at base in three lines, HALF RUPEE (Arabic legend); above, MOMBASA; below 1890
Between 1886 and 1895 The Imperial British East Africa Company had administrative rights in East Africa around Zanzibar. In 1887 the Sultan of Zanzibar ceded control over the port of Mombasa to British administration and the company took control. In 1888 it had coins struck by The Mint, Birmingham in terms British Indian rupees and fractions. In 1895 a British Protectorate was proclaimed over all of the companies teritories with administration under the British government. The rupee remained the standard coin of the new Protectorate, formally recognised by an Order in Council dated 19 May 1898.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
24 mm (Outside Diameter), 5.8 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.