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Coin - 1/2 Rupee, Mombasa, Kenya, 1890 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 10339

1/2 Rupee, Issued by, Imperial British East Africa Company, Mombasa, Kenya, 1890 H
Minted by The Mint, Birmingham
Statement Of Significance:
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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 24 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.81 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Heaton & Sons Mint, Birmingham, England, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Kenya - Mombasa
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1890 AD
Denomination: 1/2 Rupee
Obverse Description: Radiate sun surmounted by a crown; below on ribbon, LIGHT AND LIBERTY; around, IMPERIAL BRITISH EAST AFRICAN COMPANY, mint mark H below the sun
Reverse Description: Within an open laurel wreath tied with bow at base in three lines, HALF RUPEE (Arabic legend); above, MOMBASA; below 1890
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Imperial British East Africa Company, Mombassa, Kenya, 1890
Mint: Heaton & Sons (Mint), Birmingham, Great Britain, 1890

The Mint, Birmingham
References: KM#4
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006

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