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1 Shilling 1943, East Africa

in Krause book Number: 27
Years of issue: 01.01.1943
Edition: 10000
Signatures: Mr. William Cecil Bottomley, Mr. Raymond Newton Kershaw, Mr. George Frederick Seel, Mr. Sydney Caine
Serie: Series 1938 - 1952
Specimen of: 01.07.1941
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 120 х 60
Printer: TDLR (Thomas de la Rue & Company), Nairobi

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1 Shilling 1943

Description

Watermark:

EACBDiamonds with letters EACB (East African Currency Board) inside.

Avers:

1 Shilling 1943

HM The King George VI is on left side.

George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 - 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.

Denomination in numeral is on right side. Centered by words in English, Arabic (Hyderabad) and Sanskrit languages.

In bottom left and top right corners are the denomination numerals in Arabic of region Hyderabad.

Hyderabad is the capital and largest city of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

In bottom right and top left corners are the denomination numerals in Gujarati language.

Gujarati is an Indo-Aryan language native to the west Indian region of Gujarat. It is part of the greater Indo-European language family. Gujarati is descended from Old Gujarati (c. 1100-1500 AD), which is also the ancestor of modern Rajasthani. In India, it is the chief language in the state of Gujarat, as well as an official language in the union territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Revers:

1 Shilling 1943

The Emblem of East Africa.

A walking lion, on the background is Mount Kenya.

According to Lakier, the lion is a symbol of strength, courage and generosity.

Alexander Borisovich Lakier (1825-1870) was a Russian historian of German descent who was interested in heraldry.

mount KenyaIt is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 meters (17,057 ft.)), Nelion (5,188 meters (17,021 ft.)) and Point Lenana (4,985 meters (16,355 ft.)). Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator, around 150 kilometers (93 mi.) north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mount Kenya is the source of the name of the Republic of Kenya.

Comments:

By the beginning of XX century, when the colonial division of Africa between the European powers ended, the British authorities were faced with the need to introduce in the territory of the newly formed colonies of its own currency. Originally African possessions crowns were divided into three currency areas: British East Africa , West Africa and South Africa. The structure of British West Africa, created in 1907 included Gambia, Sierra - Leone, Nigeria and the Gold Coast (now Ghana).

In the British East Africa were included the territory of modern states such as Kenya, Uganda, Somalia and Tanzania (Tanganyika) and Zanzibar.