East Africa (Mombasa) Pice  1888
East Africa (Mombasa) Pice 1888

Nice coin, Taylor. Back in 1888 the countries of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda were grouped under British rule into a region known as East Africa. Your coin is from Mombassa, a city on the Kenyan coast which was, and is, a thriving Arabic commercial center. The date 1306 is the Muslim date equivalent to 1888.

The values of these coins are summarized in the collector catalogs as follows:

worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $2
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $25

To convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values, see our Important Terminology page (link at upper left).

Coin: 7198 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Taylor, Fri, 25-Mar-2011 20:46:59 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Thu, 24-Oct-2013 04:10:41 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 01-Mar-2016 15:36:17 GMT
Requester description: 1888 on one side is 'Imperial British East Africa Co.' with a scale in the middle with an Arabic inscrption below. On the reverse side it says, 'Mombasa 1306AH with an Arabic saying in the middle and grain on the bottom
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am benard from nakuru kenya and i happen to have this exact it listed as one of the rarest coins? - benard njuguna
Greetings! The only types of these coins which can be considered rare and valuable are the 'proof' issues. These were made with special polished dies and sold in boxes complete with a certificate of authenticity. Such a coin catalogs at $200 US dollars. But regular coins struck for circulation are quite common. There are varieties in the lettering (such as different letters having serifs, letter sizes, dots between the words) but none of the types are rare. Even in perfect condition and authenticated by a professional numismatic grading corporation, one of these coins is unlikely to fetch above $40 USD at auction. See the values on the main section of this page for further information. - CoinQuest (Chris)




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