Home / Coins by Country / Coins from British West Africa / Coin Type: One-tenth Penny (Aluminium, Edward VII)

Detailed information about coin type: One-tenth Penny (Aluminium, Edward VII) from British West Africa:

Coin type: One-tenth Penny (Aluminium, Edward VII)
Description

This type was the earliest aluminium coinage in the world to go into circulation. The Royal Mint in London commenced mintage of these coins in 1906, and in 1907 also produced aluminium one cent coins for British East Africa. However, the aluminium coins suffered from corrosion and were soon replaced with copper-nickel coins of the same designs.

CountryBritish West Africa CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Sub-type ofOne-tenth Penny Sub-types
Face value1/10 (x Penny)
Years produced1907 - 1908 CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
MaterialAluminium 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, EDWARD VII KING & EMPEROR; below the hole, the denomination in Arabic: عُشِر الپَنّي.

Obverse inscriptionEDWARD VII KING & EMPEROR 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; below, the star divides the date.

Reverse inscriptionNIGERIA 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 (Aluminium, Edward VII): Photos

Coin - 1/10 Penny, British West Africa, 1908
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
source

Coin - 1/10 Penny, British West Africa, 1908
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
source
List of 2 coins of type: One-tenth Penny (Aluminium, Edward VII) 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