British West Africa 1936 2 shillings
This specimen was lot 71108 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, October 2019), where it sold for $144. The catalog description noted, "BRITISH WEST AFRICA. 2 Shillings, 1936. PCGS MS-65 Gold Shield. A blistering bronze specimen, this captivating Gem features dazzling luster and radiating appeal. The sole finest example of the date in the PCGS census." 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 (shown here) and the Heaton mint 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: 32,939,999 plus more from Heaton and King's Norton.
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 October 2019 Collector's Choice Sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.