Friday, August 12, 2011

1942 East Africa Ten Cents

Do you have an East African coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment

The only East Africa coin I own. I decided to showcase this coin because it has such a unique look. Not to mention it is from a place that does not exist anymore, sort of.

East Africa
Known as British East Africa or East Africa Protectorate it was a group of five territories that had a common economic interest. The local colonies had their own constitutions but a rising population from India convinced the British to standardize the economies and issue coins, currency, and stamps. While the colonies became more independent over time the coinage of East Africa lasted from 1919-1965. Today the region is seeing a catastrophic drought resulting in famine on an epic scale.

Around the hole are two pairs of elephant tusks.
The crown divides GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: and TEN CENTS is flanked by fleurs.
Holey Coin
It is a big copper about 9.30 grams and 30.5 mm in diameter. My favorite feature is the hole in the center. There are various reasons to have holes in coins. To string together where pockets and purses are not the norm. Also to reduce weight while increasing the size. Even style is a choice since holed coins look and feel different almost immediately among normal change.

Size comparison to an American dime, a 1997 and 1942 U.S. dime are equal in diameter although if I were better at planning I would have found a a dime of the same year.
There are three varieties:
Two: a proof and the above regular circulation from the British Royal Mint in London.
One: a Bombay Mint more scarce version identified by a little I under the N in CENTS.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 10 Cents / East Africa
Year: 1942
Mintage: 12,000,000
Metal: Bronze
Value: $0.50 in Very-Fine

Do you have a coin from East Africa and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

6 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm sorry to have bothered you but I was wondering if my bill was worth more than face value. it's a 2009 dollar bill, cereal number D 28785765 A. The front is fine but when I flip it over it looks like some of the ink has bled through. I can see Washington's jacket and can make out where it says "one dollar" from the front. I doubt it's worth anything but it's still fun to ask :)

Man said...

2009 dollar bill, cereal number D 28785765 A. The front is fine but when I flip it over it looks like some of the ink has bled through. I can see Washington's jacket and can make out where it says "one dollar" from the front.

Very minor Offset Transfer error, no extra value.

Anonymous said...

i have a 1933,1942,1943 East Africa ten cents coin ,1 hellar deutsch ostafrica 1908,5 cents E.Africa george v 1924,and many more.i would like to know if they have value.

Man said...

East Africa ten cents coin
1933 about $1.00
1942,1943 about $0.25 each

1 hellar deutsch ostafrica 1908 about $1.00

5 cents E.Africa george v 1924 about $1.00

Louise Tester said...

I have one if these 5 cent coins but the back is blank, so there's no date. Does this make it worthless or rarer?

Man said...

I have one if these 5 cent coins but the back is blank, so there's no date. Does this make it worthless or rarer?

Damaged, probably turned into a pendant and was shaved.

No extra value.