British West Africa 1936-KN 2 shillings
This specimen was lot 22311 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $216. The catalog description noted, "BRITISH WEST AFRICA. 2 Shillings, 1936-KN. Kings Norton Mint. PCGS SPECIMEN-65 Gold Shield. This is a radiant Gem with rich yellow-gold coloration and orange accents throughout. Intense satiny luster eagerly cartwheels across both sides. A single trivial mark is noted in the left obverse field. Ex: Kings Norton Mint 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, the Heaton mint and the King's Norton mint (shown here) 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: 8,794,000 plus more from Heaton and London.
Specification: 11.31 g, tin-brass.
Catalog reference: KM-13b.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The January 2020 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.