Zanzibar 1908 1 cent
The islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia were ruled by the Omanis since 1698 until 1860 when they gained independence from Oman. It subsequently fell under control of the British in 1890, and became part of Tanzania in 1964, when the later gained independence.
This specimen was lot 22845 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), and sold for US$2,585. The lot description reads: "Sultan Ali bin Hamud Cent 1908, MS64 BN NGC, lightly toned surfaces with full original sheen, very scarce type struck at the Heaton Mint in Birmingham."
Recorded mintage: 1,000,000.
Catalog reference: KM-8.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.