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1887,  Zanzibar (Sultanate), Sultan Barghash ibn Sa'id. Copper Pysa Coin. VF+

Denomination: Pysa References: KM-7. R!  State: Zanzibar (Sultanate) Mint Period: 1887 (1304 AH) Condition: Lightly pitted by corrosion, a few-digs, otherwise VF+ Material: Copper Diameter: 25mm Weight: 6.59gm

Obverse: Scales above islaIslamice (AH 1304 = 1887 AD) within a thick decorative border.

Reverse: Arabic legends in five lines wihtin thick decorative border.

Barghash bin Said Al-Busaid, GCMG, GCTE (1837 – March 26, 1888) (Arabic: برغش بن سعيد البوسعيد‎), son of Said bin Sultan, was the second Sultan of Zanzibar. Barghash ruled Zanzibar from October 7, 1870 to March 26, 1888. Barghash is credited with   building much of the infrastructure of Stone Town, including piped   water, public baths, a police force, roads, parks, hospitals and large   administrative buildings such as the (Bait el-Ajaib) House of Wonders.   He was perhaps the last Sultan to maintain a measure of true   independence from European control. He did consult with European   "advisors" who had immense influence, but he was still the central   figure they wrestled to control. He crossed wits with diplomats from   Britain, America, Germany, France and Portugal and was often able to   play one country off another in a skillful endgame of pre-colonial   chess. It was his son, Khaled, who while vying for the succession, was   the loser in the Shortest War. In 1859 a dispute broke out between the   brothers Majid, the first Sultan of Zanzibar, and Barghash. Their sister Sayyida Salme (later Emily Ruete)   acted (at the age of fifteen) as secretary of Barghash's party.   However, with the help of an English gunboat the insurrection of   Barghash was soon brought to an end, and Barghash was sent into exile in Bombay for two years.

After the death of Majid, Barghash became Sultan.

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