British West Africa 1938-KN 3 pence

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Goldberg sale 81, lot 2077
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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. Threepence pieces were issued for the region starting in 1913. This type was issued 1938-1947, and replaced a smaller tin-brass type (KM 10b). This specimen was lot 2077 in Goldberg sale 81 (Los Angeles, September 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "British West Africa. 3 Pence, 1938-KN. George VI. PCGS graded Specimen 66. Ex: King's Norton Mint Collection."

Recorded mintage: 9,056,000.

Specification: 5.1 g, copper-nickel, 21.45 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 21.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 81: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.

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