British West Africa 1938 6 pence

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 32546
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This specimen was lot 32546 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $1,680. The catalog description[1] noted, "British Colony. George VI nickel-brass Proof 6 Pence 1938 PR67 Cameo NGC. The absolute finest certified example of the type, flawless in nearly every respect, a subtle iridescence pervading the watery texture of the fields, and George VI's bust taking on a distinctive resoluteness that can only be the result of the coin's extra fine level of detail. Ex. Arielle Collection." This type was struck 1938-47 and this is a common date. The last sixpence was struck in 1952. As all of the former British colonies in West Africa are now independent, the coinage is obsolete.

Recorded mintage: 12,114,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 3.49 g, nickel-brass, 19.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 22.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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