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Emperor Wilhelm II

When the young emperor Wilhelm II came to the throne in 1888, the empire began to intensify its efforts to colonize.
On November 22, 1890, the management of the most important colony of German East Africa was taken over from the German East Africa society.
On January 5, preparations for the minting of 1 Pesa piece started and on March 14 the minting of silver rupees was a fact. The coinage was taken over by the mint of Berlin, later pieces were also minted in Hamburg.

Remarkable are the emergency coins from 1916, which were struck in Tabora, because as a result of the
World War I, no deliveries from Germany arrived.

The 15 rupees were the only gold emergency coins that were actually minted and used for payments.

The stamps were cut by a Sinhalese gold worker, who according to the quote of Prof. dr. Schumacher “worked particularly carefully when he was under alcohol”.
The gold came from German mines in the protected area, and was processed under the most primitive circumstances, nevertheless, one of the most beautiful German coins was created.

15 Rupees Gold 1916 T German East Africa

5,150.00 US$

Catalog: Jaeger 728 A.
Obv: Tabora. Elephant with raised trunk in front of the Kilimanjaro
Rev: Imperial eagle.

2 Rupees 1894 German East Africa

435.00 US$

Catalog: Jaeger 714

1/2 Rupie 1906 A German East Africa

315.00 US$

Catalog: Jaeger 721

Maria Theresia Thaler 1780, later coinage 1780

490.00 US$

Catalog: Jaeger 727b

The Maria Theresia Taler was used until 29.10.1896 as 2 rupees piece, afterwards it was banned.

Als 1888 der junge Kaiser Wilhelm II. auf den Thron kam, begann das Kaiserreich seine Bemühungen um Kolonien zu intensivieren.
Am 22.11.1890 übernahm man von der Deutsch Ost Afrika Gesellschaft die Verwaltung für die wichtigste Kolonie Deutsch Ostafrika.
Vorbereitend begann man am 5. Januar mit der Prägung von 1 Pesa Stücken, am 14.3 begann man mit der Prägung von silbernen Rupien. Die Prägung übernahm die Münze Berlin, später wurden auch Stücke in Hamburg geprägt.

Besonders sind vor allem die Notmünzen von 1916, die in Eigenregie in Tabora geprägt wurden, da durch den
Ersten Weltkrieg keine Lieferungen aus Deutschland ankamen.

Mit den 15 Rupien wurden die einzigen Notmünzen in Gold geprägt, die wirklich für den Zahlungsverkehr geprägt und benutzt wurden.
Die Stempel wurden von einem singhalesischem Goldarbeiter geschnitten, der Zitat Prof. Dr. Schumacher “besonders sorgfältig arbeitete wenn er unter Alkohol stand“. Das Gold stammte aus deutschen Minen im Schutzgebiet, und wurde unter primitivsten Umständen verarbeitet, trotzdem entstand eine der schönsten deutschen Münzen.

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