GERMAN EAST AFRICA. 15 Rupien, 1916-T. NGC MS63.
Fr-1; KM-16.1. Variety with the arabesque ending beneath the “A” in the reverse legend. A single coin finer at the grading services. A crudely made design struck as an emergency issue during the East Africa Campaign during World War I, which saw Wilhelm’s troops pitched against an alliance of British and Belgian troops. The coins were manufactured in a “mint” set up in a railroad car in Tabora (in modern day Tanzania). Mintage of 6,395 with many surviving examples impaired from being mounted, cleaned, polished, etc. A very scarce coin to begin with, it becomes a CONDITION RARITY at this elevated grade level. The strike and quality of manufacture clearly sets this coin apart from nearly all other examples. For world gold collectors seeking only the very best available, the coin easily fits the requirements.