British West Africa 1922 2 shillings
This specimen was lot 71107 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, October 2019), where it sold for $110. The catalog description noted, "BRITISH WEST AFRICA. 2 Shillings, 1922. PCGS MS-63 Gold Shield. Immensely pleasing, this choice piece offers a high degree of brilliance through its lustrous bronze surfaces. Unrivaled as the finest graded for the date in the PCGS census." British West Africa comprised Gambia, Sierra Leone, Gold Coast (now Ghana) and Nigeria. The union broke up in the late fifties as the parts were granted independence. This type was struck at the Royal Mint (shown here) and the Heaton mint 1920-28 and 1936. The alloy was changed to nickel-brass in 1938. The last two shillings is dated 1952. The date is common.
Recorded mintage: 10,000,000.
Specification: 11.31 g, tin-brass.
Catalog reference: KM-13b.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The October 2019 Collector's Choice Sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.