5 Cents, Issued by, East African Currency Board, British Colony of Kenya, 1921
Minted by Royal Mint, London
This coin was also used in Uganda and Tanganyka from 1922
A central hole with curved floral design to left and right; above hole, crown; below hole in two lines, TEN / CENTS; around, GEORGIVS V REX ET IMP: IND:
Curved around central hole four elephant tusks; above hole, 10; around outside line circle, EAST AFRICA 1921
The rupee of British India had come to be the coinage standard of the Protectorate of East Africa and Uganda (largely because it was used to pay Indian workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway). In 1920 the East African Protectorate became the Colony of Kenya and the East Africa Currency Board was set up. It introduced a new decimal system based on 100 cents to one East African Florin in 1920, abandoning the old rupee system. This was very short lived, on 1 May 1921 it was replaced by a system based on 100 cents to 1 East African Shilling. This system was expanded on 1 January 1922 to be the official Currency of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyka.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, Royal Mint, London, 1978
Type of item
26 mm (Outside Diameter), 6.468 g (Weight)
Round with round hole
KM#18 Remick, Jerome Guidebook & Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, p. 159-165 [Link 1] (Central Bank of Kenya - History of Kenyan Currency)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2009. 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000.