Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Single Finest Graded 1920 5 Florins

    East Africa East African Currency Board 5 Florins 1.5.1920 Pick 9 PMG Choice Very Fine 35.
    The East African Currency Board was formed after World War I in order to service British Colonies in the region. German East Africa became Tanganyika after Germany surrendered its territories at the Treaty of Versailles. Tanganyika joined Kenya and Uganda in the currency union. As time passed, Zanzibar, British Somaliland, and Aden adopted the currency as well. With the inception of the Currency Board, East Africa chose the Florin as the unit of currency. However, less than two years later, the Florin was scrapped in favor of the Shilling, which is still used today in all former East African colonies except Aden.

    This superb and very rare 5 Florins is fully issued and in pleasing collector grade. Less than 400,000 notes were issued, and almost all were redeemed beginning in late 1921 or early 1922. At the time of cataloging, this note is the single finest of only two graded in the PMG Population Report. This is also only the second instance of an issued 5 Florins being offered in public auction. Minor restorations are mentioned, which do not detract from the overall appearance. The design of this note is iconic, and Thomas de la Rue is often lauded for the precision engravings used in this 1920 series. The first we have offered, this note is missing from even the most advanced collections. A true "want list" rarity for enthusiasts of African, British Commonwealth, and King George V banknotes.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2020
    18th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 340

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 18 days left to consign to the 2021 January 6 - 11 FUN Currency Signature Auction - Orlando FUN!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thank you for your quick response. I am a member of Heritage Auctions and I am happy to say that it is truly a great platform.
    Mohammed J.,
    Durban, KZ
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search