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    Zanzibar 1928 10 Rupees

    Zanzibar Zanzibar Government 10 Rupees 1.2.1928 Pick 3 PMG Very Fine 30.
    If one was to consider a top ten list of iconic African banknotes, it is impossible to imagine a list devoid of at least one representation of a famed Zanzibar example. In recent times, this coveted series has propelled itself into a class of its own, and is continually increasing in its popularity. Rightly so. The example on offer boasts all the correct attributes that the discerning collector looks for. Breathtaking colonial-era design, utmost rarity, impeccable condition, and historical importance are some of the boxes that this example would most certainly check.

    Colonial influence on the small island started in the 15th century. Portuguese explorers were the first to arrive, followed by the Omani's, and then the British in 1890. As a semi-autonomous protectorate, a need for a local currency arose. At the time, Zanzibar was the largest exporter of clove. The Zanzibar Rupee replaced the Zanzibar Ryal, and was first issued in 1908. Interestingly, the Zanzibar Rupee was 1:1 to the Indian Rupee, and was circulated until 1936. It was also this time that the East African Shilling became legal tender.
    All denominations are uniface, an Arab dhow is noticed to the left, and a clove harvesting scene to right. Each scene is beautifully highlighted by Arabic arches that effortlessly adds to the broader tang of the design.
    The example we are offering happens to be the plate note in the Banknote Book chapter for Zanzibar, and will no doubt brighten up any collection it is added to. Usual pinholes, but does not have the typical rust and staining issues that most examples have. A chance not to be missed to own this lovely note.
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