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Detailed information about coin type: Threepence from Nigeria:

Coin type: Threepence
Description

This coin is a continuation of the series of British West Africa threepence coins. Unlike the small denomination bronze coins though, it has a new design and copies the shape of the contemporary British nickel-brass threepence piece.

It was only issued in 1959 and was demonetised in 1973 with the introduction of Nigeria's decimal currency, the Naira.

CountryNigeria CurrencyNigerian Pound
Sub-type of Sub-types
Face value3 (x Penny)
Year produced1959 CurrentNo (demonetised 1973)
MaterialNickel Brass DesignerPaul Vincze
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapePolygon (Dodecagonal)
Size (mm)19 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)3.2500
Obverse

Crowned bust of Queen ELIZABETH II facing right; around, QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND; the artist's initials CT (for Cecil Thomas) incuse on the bust truncation.

Obverse inscriptionQUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Reverse

Cotton flowers, the date 1959 is above; around above, FEDERATION OF NIGERIA; around below, the denomination THREE PENCE. The legend and the denomination are separated by two small "Stars of David".

The designer's initials, P.V. (for Paul Vincze) are under the flower.

Reverse inscriptionFEDERATION OF NIGERIA THREE PENCE 1959
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, pp 469-470.

Threepence: Photos

Proof Coin - 3 Pence, Nigeria, 1959
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Proof Coin - 3 Pence, Nigeria, 1959
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List of 1 coins of type: Threepence from Nigeria
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Threepence 1959 143,001,031 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND