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Proof Coin - 50 Cents, British East Africa, 1954 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12485

Summary:
Proof 50 Cents, Issued by, East African Currency Board, British Colony of Kenya (British East Africa), 1954
Minted by Royal Mint, London
This coin was also used in Uganda and Tanganyka
Statement Of Significance:
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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 21 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 3.897 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: British East Africa (Kenya)
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Proof of Record
DateEra: 1954 AD
Denomination: 50 Cents
Obverse Description: Crowned bust of the Queen facing right, around, QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND; artist's initials, CT, incuse on bust truncation
Reverse Description: 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 / 1954; around above, EAST AFRICA; around divided by date, FIFTY CENTS HALF SHILLING
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Copper-Nickel
Issued By: East African Currency Board, British East Africa (Kenya), 1954
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1954
Artist: Mr Cecil Thomas, Great Britain, 1953
References: KM#36
Remick, Jerome Guidebook & Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, p. 159-165
http://www.centralbank.go.ke/Currency/CurrencyHistory.aspx (Central Bank of Kenya - History of Kenyan Currency)
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000, 2009

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Peter Posted on 16 Oct 2014 12:52 AM
I have 50 cents East Africa queen Elizabeth II 1960 who needs?

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