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East Africa German (Tanganyika) 1/4, 1/2, 1, and 2 Rupien  1890 to 1902
East Africa German (Tanganyika) 1/4, 1/2, 1, and 2 Rupien 1890 to 1902

Look at the beautiful coin in this picture. It is from Munzhandlung Ritter in Duseldorf, Germany, on the VCoins.com web site, and it is in superb numismatic (coin collector) condition. Ritter has it on sale for 514 euros, about $700 US dollars, and it is worth all of that. These are rare coins, and they are *really* rare in excellent condition. And Ritter's coin is a proof coin, minted especially for collectors, which makes it even better!

German East Africa, now Tanganyika, is located on the eastern side of the continent between Kenya and Mozambique. The monetary system under Wilhelm (Guilelmus) II consisted of pesa, heller, and rupie denominations. Here are some typical catalog values for the rupien:

1/4 RUPIE (18 mm diameter)
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $160
1/4 rupies dated 1898 are less common and catalog at $225 when fully uncirculated

1/2 RUPIE (18 mm diameter)
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $45
well preserved: $125
fully uncirculated: $300

1 RUPIE (30 mm diameter)
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $300
1 rupies dated 1894 are rare and catalog at $250 average circulated, $950 fully uncirculated
1 rupies dated before 1893 are more common and catalog at $20 average circulated, $180 fully uncirculated

2 RUPIEN (34 mm diameter)
worn: $150 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $425
well preserved: $900
fully uncirculated: $2650

These are all very approximate values, and the actual values will vary substantially. See our Important Terminology page for an explanation about interpreting catalog values.

For a tasteful display of coins from Munzhandlung Ritter, click to the Ritter Gallery. It is quite something!

Coin: 5980 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
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Answered by: Paul, Tue, 13-Nov-2012 01:29:47 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Mon, 07-Aug-2017 13:36:01 GMT
Requester description: 1899 front: GUILELMUS II IMPERATOR. picture is a man facing to the left with a helmet and a bat like animal on top. he looks like he has a military uniform on with a medal on his chest. back: *DEUTSCH-OSTAFRIKANISCHE GESELLSCHAFT* EINE RUPIE has a sheild/crest with a lion like animal facing the left with one paw extended and a tree like a palm tree
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