British West Africa 1915-H 3 pence
This specimen is lot 20529 in Heritage sale 3008 (New York, January 2010). The catalog description noted, "George V Specimen Threepence 1915-H, Specimen 65 PCGS, silvery gray and gold patina with satiny surfaces and razor sharp details. Very rare example from the Heaton Mint Archives Collection." 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) 1913-19, when the fineness was reduced to .500. The last threepence is dated 1957. The 1915-H is the key date.
Recorded mintage: 270,000.
Specification: 1.14 g, .925 fine silver, .042 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 10.
- 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.