East African rupee

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The rupee was the currency of Britain's East African colonies and protectorates between 1906 and 1920. It was divided into 100 cents.

The rupee replaced the Indian rupee, which had previously circulated. In 1920, the rupee was revalued against sterling to a peg of 1 rupee = 2 shillings (1 florin). In East Africa, this was followed in the same year by the replacement of the rupee with the East African florin at par.

The currency is noteworthy for including the world's first aluminium coin, the 1907 1 cent coin.


1 cent coin from 1913, cupro-nickel alloy

Silver coins were introduced for 25 and 50 cents in 1906, followed by the aluminium 1 cent and cupro-nickel 10 cent coins in 1907, the aluminium ½ cent coin in 1908 and the cupro-nickel 5 cent coin in 1913. Cupro-nickel replaced aluminium in 1909.


In 1906, notes (the first dated 1905) were introduced by the government of the East Africa Protectorate in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 40, 100 and 500 rupees. In 1920, the East African Currency Board issued 1 rupee notes shortly before the rupee was replaced.


Preceded by:
Indian rupee
Ratio: at par
Currency of East Africa
(Kenya, Uganda)
1906 – 1920
Succeeded by:
East African florin
Ratio: at par
Preceded by:
German East African rupie
Reason: Tanganyika given to United Kingdom by Treaty of Versailles
Ratio: at par
Currency of Tanganyika
1919 – 1920