British West Africa 1922-KN 1/2 penny

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Wm. Rosenblum sale 44B, lot 112

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 1912-36. This specimen was lot 112 in Wm. Rosenblum sale 44B (Colorado Springs, December 2014), where it sold for $525. The catalog description noted, british west africa, George V. 1922-KN. Half Penny. VF/EF, minor lamination obverse. Exceedingly rare coin despite mintage figures. According to David Vice, 'most of these were melted down or sold as scrap'. Very few left King’s Norton mint!" This is the key date.

Recorded mintage: 5,817,000.

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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