British West Africa 1913-H 2 shillings
The first specimen was lot 20531 in Heritage sale 3008 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $2,875. The catalog description noted, "George V Specimen 2 Shillings 1913-H, Specimen 68 PCGS, blue-green and gold patina, virtually perfect with reflective surfaces and meticulously bold details. Perhaps the finest known example of this series." The second specimen was part of lot 23367 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), which sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description noted, "George V Four-piece 'Specimen' Set 1913, consisting of Threepence MS65 NGC; Sixpence MS65 NGC; Shilling MS65 NGC; and a Florin MS65 NGC. All are sharply struck, fully lustrous, and superbly toned in gold and purple hues. These were among the first coins off the die, normally called Specimens by British Commonwealth aficionados, and included is the red leatherette presentation case." 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 and the Heaton mint (shown here) 1913-20, when the fineness was reduced to .500. The last two shillings is dated 1952. The date is not rare but the specimen strikes are scarce.
Recorded mintage: 1,176,000.
Specification: 11.31 g, .925 fine silver, .336 troy oz ASW, designed by E. B. MacKennal.
Catalog reference: KM 13.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3008: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.