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Coin: Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII
Description

This is one of the few coins issued worldwide in the name of King Edward VIII, who abdicated before the end of the year.

CountryBritish West Africa CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny (George V and Edward VIII)
Year1936 CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
Mintage19,457,760 (19.5 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 14,759,760 (14.8 million)
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 2,400,000 (2.4 million)
King's Norton Metal Co. Letters KN 2,298,000 (2.3 million)
MaterialCuproNickel Designer
MonarchKing Edward VIII 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 EDWARDVS VIII REX ET IND: IMP: (Edward the Eighth, 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 EDWARDVS VIII 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 1936.

Reverse inscriptionBRITISH WEST AFRICA 1936
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Royal Mint) unknown
Proof (Heaton Mint) unknown
Proof (King's Norton Metal Co.) unknown
Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII: Photos
Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII: Photo Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1936
Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1936
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Notes: Proof. Royal Mint (no mint mark).
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Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII: Photo Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1936
Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1936
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Heaton Mint (mint mark H).
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Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII: Photo Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1936
Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1936
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King's Norton Metal Co. (KN mint mark).
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Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII: Photo Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1936
Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1936
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
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Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 15
Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII: 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
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Royal Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proofs
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Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1936 Museums Victoria Collections: Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1936 H
Museums Victoria Collections: Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1936 KN 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