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Coin type: One-tenth Penny
Description

British West Africa was a grouping of four separate British colonies - Nigeria Sierra Leone, Ghana (originally Gold Coast) and Gambia. From 1907 till 1911 the reverse of the coins took the form NIGERIA BRITISH WEST AFRICA, then from 1912 the word NIGERIA was discontinued.

This denomination was struck in aluminium in 1907 and at the beginning of 1908. However, the metal quickly deteriorated; in the tropical conditions of that region it turned to powder. For this reason, in 1908 it was changed to copper-nickel. In 1952, the high price of nickel caused a change for this denomination from copper-nickel to bronze alloy.

Vice (p.84) reports a Government official in 1912 stating that 'the ordinary native lives on 1 1/4 d. a day'. This is the reason for the production of such a low denomination coin as the tenth of a penny.

CountryBritish West Africa CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Sub-type of Sub-types One-tenth Penny (Aluminium, Edward VII)
One-tenth Penny (CuproNickel, Edward VII)
One-tenth Penny (CuproNickel, George V)
One-tenth Penny (CuproNickel, Edward VIII)
One-tenth Penny (CuproNickel, George VI)
One-tenth Penny (Bronze, George VI)
One-tenth Penny (Bronze, Elizabeth II)
Face value1/10 (x Penny)
Years produced1907 - 1957 CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
Material Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

An imperial crown above a central circular hole with a scroll ornament to right and left; below crown and around the hole, the denomination ONE TENTH OF A PENNY; around, outside the scroll ornaments, the legend of the ruling British monarch; below the hole, the denomination in Arabic: عُشِر الپَنّي

Obverse inscriptionLegend of the ruling British monarch ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
Reverse

Around circular central hole, Solomon's seal (six-pointed "Star of David"), consisting of two equilateral triangles interlaced; around above, NIGERIA BRITISH WEST AFRICA (1907 to 1911) or BRITISH WEST AFRICA; below, the star divides the date.

Reverse inscription(NIGERIA) BRITISH WEST AFRICA [year]
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, pp 87-95.
[Book] Vice, David. 1983. The Coinage of British West Africa & St. Helena 1684 - 1958.

One-tenth Penny: Photos

Coin - 1/10 Penny, British West Africa, 1908
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Notes: King Edward VII, aluminium (1907 - 1908).
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British West Africa 1/10 Penny 1933
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Notes: King George V (1911 - 1936).
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Coin - 1/10 Penny, British West Africa, 1936
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Notes: King Edward VIII (1936).
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Proof Coin - 1/10 Penny, British West Africa, 1938
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Notes: King George VI, Emperor of India (1938 - 1947).
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Proof Coin - 1/10 Penny, British West Africa, 1952
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Notes: King George VI (1949 - 1952).
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Proof Coin - 1/10 Penny, British West Africa, 1954
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1954 - 1957).
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Coin - 1/10 Penny, British West Africa, 1908
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Notes: Aluminium (1907 - 1908).
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Proof Coin - 1/10 Penny, British West Africa, 1938
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Notes: CuproNickel (1908 - 1950).
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Proof Coin - 1/10 Penny, British West Africa, 1954
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Notes: Bronze (1952 - 1957).
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List of 44 coins of type: One-tenth Penny from British West Africa
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
One-tenth Penny 1907 1,254,401 King Edward VII EDWARD VII KING & EMPEROR ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1908 (Aluminium) 8,362,668 King Edward VII EDWARD VII KING & EMPEROR ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1908 (CuproNickel) 9,600,000 King Edward VII EDWARD VII KING & EMPEROR ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1909 4,800,000 King Edward VII EDWARD VII KING & EMPEROR ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1910 7,200,000 King Edward VII EDWARD VII KING & EMPEROR ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1911 7,200,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1912 10,800,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1913 5,712,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1914 21,288,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1915 10,032,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1916 480,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1917 9,384,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1919 1,392,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1920 14,556,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1922 7,264,778 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1923 12,000,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1925 26,400,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1926 12,000,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1927 3,984,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1928 17,875,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1930 9,600,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1931 9,840,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1932 3,600,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1933 7,200,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1934 4,800,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1935 13,200,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1936 George V 9,720,000 King George V GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1936 Edward VIII 10,284,000 King Edward VIII EDWARDVS VIII REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1938 13,596,000 King George VI GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1939 9,840,000 King George VI GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1940 13,920,000 King George VI GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1941 16,560,000 King George VI GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1942 12,360,000 King George VI GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1943 22,560,000 King George VI GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1944 10,440,000 King George VI GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1945 25,706,400 King George VI GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1946 9,959,200 King George VI GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1947 8,102,400 King George VI GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1949 6,736,320 King George VI GEORGIVS SEXTVS REX ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1950 13,200,000 King George VI GEORGIVS SEXTVS REX ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1952 15,060,000 King George VI GEORGIVS SEXTVS REX ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1954 4,800,000 Queen Elizabeth II QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1956 2,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي
One-tenth Penny 1957 7,200,000 Queen Elizabeth II QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND ONE TENTH OF A PENNY عُشِر الپَنّي