British West Africa 1949-KN shilling

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Goldberg sale 81, lot 2081
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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. This specimen was lot 2081 in Goldberg sale 81 (Los Angeles, September 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "British West Africa. Shilling, 1949-KN. George VI. PCGS graded Specimen 66. Ex: King's Norton Mint Collection." The first shilling for British West Africa was issued in 1913 in sterling silver but after World War Two, silver coinage was a distant memory. This type of 1949-52 is fairly available but this is a better date.

Recorded mintage: 10,016,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 5.63 g, tin-brass, 23.6 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 28.


  • 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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