Lion on East African Shilling

29 Sep 2020  Tue

The obverse of 1 shilling coin depicts the bust of George VI and legends, “GEORGIVS VI” and “REX ET INDIAE IMPERATOR”. The reverse shows denomination, lion in front of mountain, date and inscriptions, “EAST AFRICA” The coin is with reeded edges and weighs 7.78g.

The East African shilling currency was issued by the British and was circulated in East Africa colonises. It was in circulation from 1921 until 1969. It was minted by East African Currency Board.

The shilling was subdivided into 100 cents, and a pound was equivalent to twenty shillings.

A new version of the currency is issued by the East African Community which comprised of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan. They issued currency notes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 100, 200, 1,000 and 10,000 shillings in 1921.

The notes with denomination of 20 and above have denominations in pounds sterling. Values on notes are written in English, Arabic and Gujarati.

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