Specimen 50 Cents, Issued by, East African Currency Board, British Colony of Kenya (British East Africa), 1922
Minted by Royal Mint, London
This coin was also used in Uganda and Tanganyka
Crowned and draped bust of the King facing left, the King is wearing the Imperial Crown and the ermine Robe of State, the Collar of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and the Badge of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath; around, GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP:; artist's initial's, BM, on bust truncation
Within a partial line circle which ends in leaves either side of the denomination, a lion advancing to right with a tall pointed mountain in the background; in exergue in two lines, 50 / 1922; around above, EAST AFRICA; around below divided by date, FIFTY CENTS HALF SHILLING
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
21 mm (Outside Diameter), 3.894 g (Weight)
KM#20 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.