1898, German East Africa (DOA). Large Silver Rupee (Rupie) Coin.
Mint Date: 1898 Reference: KM-2. Region: East Africa Mintage: 357,000 pcs. Denomination: Rupee (Rupie) Material: Silver (.917) Weight: 11,61gm Diameter: 30mm
Obverse: Helmeted and uniformed bust of William II as German emperor left. Legend: GUILELMUS II IMPERATOR
Reverse: Arms of the German East-African Company (lion in front of palm) with date at bottom (1898). Legend: DEUTSCH-OSTAFRIKANISCHE-GESELLSCHAFT ("German East-African Company") * RUPIE *
German East Africa (German: Deutsch-Ostafrika) was a German colony in East Africa, including what are now Burundi, Rwanda and Tanganyika (the mainland part of present Tanzania). It measured 994,996 km² (384,170 square miles) in size, nearly three times the size of re-united Germany today.
The colony came into existence during the 1880s and ended with the conclusion of World War I, when the territory was taken over by the British and Belgians and later converted to mandates of the League of Nations.