1 Pice, Issued by, Imperial British East Africa Company, Mombasa, Kenya, 1888 AD, 1306 AH
Minted by Calcutta Mint, India

Obverse Description

At centre, a balanced set of scales; between pans an Arabic legend; around, IMPERIAL BRITISH EAST AFRICAN COMPANY 1888

Reverse Description

Within a circle of beads an Arabic legend in two lines; below, the mint mark, C/M; around above, MOMBASA 1306; around below, a laurel wreath

Edge Description



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.

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