British West Africa 1919-H 2 shillings
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. The mintmark is at the base of the palm tree.
Recorded mintage: 10,866,000 plus a few proofs (highest mintage date).
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.