British West Africa 1919-KN 1/2 penny
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 specimen was lot 22100 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description noted, "BRITISH WEST AFRICA. 1/2 Penny, 1919-KN. PCGS SP-65 Secure Holder. A superlative gem that exhibits a sharp strike and flashy luster." This type was struck 1912-36. The last copper-nickel issue was in 1951.
Recorded mintage: 4,950,000 (Heaton) + 3,861,000 (King's Norton).
Specification: copper-nickel, 25.2 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-8.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2017 Denver ANA Auction: Ancients, Selections from The Richard Stuart Collection & World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.