May 6, 2012 Leave a comment
German East Africa (Deutsch Ostafrika): A Brief History
German East Africa (Tanganyika), located on the coast of east-central Africa between British East Africa (now Kenya) and Portuguese East Africa (now Mozambique), had an area of 362,284 sq. mi. (938,216 sq. km.) and a population of about 6 mil-lion. Capital: Dar es Salaam. Chief products prior to German con-trol were ivory and slaves; after German control, sisal, coffee, and rubber. Germany acquired control of the area by treaties with coastal chiefs in 1884, established it as a protectorate in 1891, and proclaimed it the Colony of German East Africa in 1897. After World War I, Tanganyika was entrusted to Great Britain as a League of Nations mandate, and after World War II as a United Nations trust territory. Tanganyika became an independent nation within the British Commonwealth on Dec. 9, 1961. Coins dated up until 1902 were issued by the German East Africa Com-pany. From 1904 onwards, the government issued coins.  SCWC 1901-2000
Wihelm II – (German: Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albrecht von Preußen; English: Frederick William Victor Albert of Prussia)
Reign: 1888 – 1918 AD
The coin pictured above is a is a 5 Heller from the era of Wihelm II, the last Emperor (Kaiser) of Germany and King of Prussia.
Obverse: Crown with Ribbon. (Imperial Monogram)
Reverse: Denomination within Wreath.