British West Africa 1936 penny KM-16

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from the Swisspat Collection
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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. Copper-nickel pennies were issued for the region starting in 1907. This type was issued 1936 only and is one of the few issues bearing the name of the short-reigned king Edward VIII.

Recorded mintage: 7,368,000.

Specification: 9.37 g, copper-nickel, 30.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 16.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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