German East Africa 1900 rupie

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 32818
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32818 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $930. The catalog description[1] noted, "German Colony. Wilhelm II Rupie 1900 MS61 NGC. Unusually radiant and fine to say the least, one of only two examples of the date seen by NGC, with the other ranking a full 21 grade points lower. Sprinkled with lilac toned and swept by waves of unbroken cartwheel luster." This type was struck 1890-1902 for German East Africa to the standard of an Indian rupee. After a prolonged struggle, the British managed to conquer the region during World War One and it was partitioned between them and the Belgians by the Treaty of Versailles. The Belgian portion is now Burundi and Rwanda and the British part merged with Zanzibar to form Tanzania.

Recorded mintage: 209,000.

Specification: 11.66 g, .917 fine silver, .343 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 2.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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