British West Africa 1938 1/10 penny

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 22214
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This specimen was lot 22214 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $288. The catalog description[1] noted, "BRITISH WEST AFRICA. 1/10 Penny, 1938. NGC PROOF-66. A remarkably preserved proof of the issue with deeply reflective, mirror-like quality in the fields and subtle yellow, peach and blue toning accents on each side that add a charming element of originality to the surfaces. Ex: David Vice 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. Copper-nickel one-tenth pennies were issued for the region starting in 1907. This type was issued 1938-1947 and this is the most common date.

Recorded mintage: 12,000,000 plus 1,596,000 (1938-H).

Specification: copper-nickel, 20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-20.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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