British West Africa 1936-KN shilling

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Steve Album sale 30, lot 1586
Br W Africa SA30-1586r.jpg
from the Stack's Bowers 2019 ANA sale, lot 22315
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The first specimen was lot 1586 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it sold for $393.63. The catalog description[1] noted, "BRITISH WEST AFRICA: George V, 1910-1936, 1 shilling, 1936-KN, only 30 examples known, PCGS graded Specimen-66, ex King's Norton Mint Collection." The second specimen was lot 22315 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "BRITISH EAST AFRICA. Shilling, 1936-KN. Kings Norton Mint. PCGS SPECIMEN-66 Gold Shield. KM-12a. Struck in tin-brass with impressive glinting qualities in the fields on both sides. Ex: Kings Norton Mint Collection." This type was struck at London, Heaton and King's Norton (shown here) 1920-28 and 1936 in substantial quantities but nice specimens are scarce. It superseded a silver type (KM 12) struck 1913-20.

Recorded mintage: 14,962,000 plus specimens.

Specification: 5.7 g, tin brass, 23.6 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-12a.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 30, featuring the George Anderson Collection of Tibetan Coins, the Dr. John W. Lund Collection of Swedish Coins and the Mike Edwards Collection, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.
  • [2]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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