British West Africa 1913 1/2 penny

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Wm. Rosenblum sale 44B, lot 111

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 1912-36. This specimen was lot 111 in Wm. Rosenblum sale 44B (Colorado Springs, December 2014), where it sold for $280. The catalog description noted, "british west africa. George V. 1913. Half Penny. Nice toned EF. Rare date that is 'unknown in unc' according to specialists, so this is a choice example." The 1913-H is common even tho it has a much lower mintage.

Recorded mintage: 1,382,000 plus 216,000 from Heaton.

Specification: copper-nickel, 25.2 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 8.


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

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