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Coin: Halfpenny 1913
Description

CountryBritish West Africa CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny (George V and Edward VIII)
Year1913 CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
Mintage1,598,000 (1.6 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 1,382,000 (1.4 million)
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 216,000 (216000)
MaterialCuproNickel Designer
MonarchKing George V Effigy
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm)25.2000 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 HALFPENNY; around, outside the scroll ornaments, the legend GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: (George the Fifth, King and Emperor of India); below the hole, the denomination in Arabic: نُصْف پَنّي.

The mint mark (if any) is between the centre hole and the Arabic inscription.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Reverse

Around circular central hole, Solomon's seal (six-pointed "Star of David"), consisting of two equilateral triangles interlaced; around above, BRITISH WEST AFRICA; below, the star divides the date 1913.

Reverse inscriptionBRITISH WEST AFRICA 1913
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Remick does not list Royal Mint halfpennies for 1913, and lists 1,622,400 for the next year (1914), while Krause lists 1,382,000 Royal Mint halfpennies for 1913 and 240,000 for 1914 - which seems to be the correct numbers.

CoinFactsWiki says that the Royal Mint issue is a "rare date that is unknown in uncirculated grade according to specialists, while the Heaton Mint issue is common even though it has a much lower mintage".

Halfpenny 1913: Photos
Halfpenny 1913: Photo Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1913
Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1913
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Notes: Royal Mint (no mint mark).
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Halfpenny 1913: Photo Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1913
Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1913
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Halfpenny 1913: Photo Halfpenny
Halfpenny
Copyright: British Museum / CC BY-NC-SA
Notes: Royal Mint (no mint mark).
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Halfpenny 1913: Photo Halfpenny
Halfpenny
Copyright: British Museum / CC BY-NC-SA
Notes: Heaton Mint (H mint mark).
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Halfpenny 1913: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 8
Halfpenny 1913: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Heaton Mint mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Royal Mint mintage
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Halfpenny 1913: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria Collections: Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1913 British West Africa 1913 1/2 penny - CoinFactsWiki
British Museum - coin
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List of all (31) coins of type: British West Africa / Halfpenny
Halfpenny 1911 Halfpenny 1912 Halfpenny 1913 Halfpenny 1914 Halfpenny 1915 Halfpenny 1916
Halfpenny 1917 Halfpenny 1918 Halfpenny 1919 Halfpenny 1920 Halfpenny 1922 Halfpenny 1927
Halfpenny 1929 Halfpenny 1931 Halfpenny 1932 Halfpenny 1933 Halfpenny 1934 Halfpenny 1935
Halfpenny 1936 George V Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII Halfpenny 1937 Halfpenny 1940 Halfpenny 1941 Halfpenny 1942
Halfpenny 1943 Halfpenny 1944 Halfpenny 1946 Halfpenny 1947 Halfpenny 1949 Halfpenny 1951
Halfpenny 1952