British West Africa 1911-H penny

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, lot 22178
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 22178 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $188. The catalog description[1] noted, "BRITISH WEST AFRICA. Penny, 1911-H. NGC MS-66. One year type with "NIGERIA" in legend. Tied with three other examples for finest certified. An original superb gem in every regard." Earlier issues for British West Africa (1/10 pennies of 1907-10) bore the legend "NIGERIA-BRITISH WEST AFRICA" which was carried forward to this initial issue of pennies for George V. It is accompanied by copper-nickel 1/10 and half pennies. In 1912, the "NIGERIA" was dropped and the penny was struck in that form until 1936.

Recorded mintage: 1,920,000 (a scarce date).

Specification: copper-nickel, 30.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-6.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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