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Coin: Shilling 1920 (Brass)
Description

CountryBritish West Africa CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Face value1 (x Shilling) TypeShilling (Tin Brass, George V)
Year1920 CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
Mintage33,816,000 (33.8 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
King's Norton Metal Co. Letters KN 33,800,000 (33.8 million)
J.R. Gaunt and Son Letter G 16,000 (16000), Rarity: R4 (15 to 25 examples known)
MaterialTin Brass Designer
MonarchKing George V EffigyPortrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.6000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.7000
Obverse

Crowned and draped bust of King George V facing left (crowned effigy by Sir Bertram Mackennal); the King is wearing the Imperial Crown and the ermine Robe of State, the Collar of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and the Badge of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath; around, the legend GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: (George the Fifth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); artist's initials BM on bust truncation.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Reverse

At centre, dividing the date 1920, a palm tree; around outside a circle broken by decorative extensions adjacent to the date, BRITISH WEST AFRICA (above) and the denomination ONE SHILLING (below).

The mint mark is buried at the base of the palm tree.

Reverse inscriptionBRITISH WEST AFRICA ONE SHILLING 1920
EdgeSecurity Groove Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

This is the only year when J.R. Gaunt and Son struck coins for British West Africa, with mint mark G. However, the 1920G shilling was not released into circulation. Only about 15 specimens are known.

Remick also lists Royal Mint brass coins for 1920 (with mintage "unknown"), unlisted elsewhere.

Shilling 1920 (Brass): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Mint mark KN on obverse 1 (included in main number), Rarity: R7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known) (hover mouse for text)
Proof (King's Norton Metal Co.) unknown
Shilling 1920 (Brass): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 12a
Shilling 1920 (Brass): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
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
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Mint mark KN on obverse
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List of all (28) coins of type: British West Africa / Shilling
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Shilling 1919 Shilling 1920 (Silver) Shilling 1920 (Brass) Shilling 1922 Shilling 1923 Shilling 1924
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Shilling 1939 Shilling 1940 Shilling 1942 Shilling 1943 Shilling 1945 Shilling 1946
Shilling 1947 Shilling 1949 Shilling 1951 Shilling 1952