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Coin: Two Shillings 1928
Description

CountryBritish West Africa CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Face value2 (x Shilling) TypeTwo Shillings (Tin Brass)
Year1928 CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
Mintage7,900,000 (7.9 million) RarityR6 (4 to 8 examples known)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 7,900,000 (7.9 million), Rarity: R6 (4 to 8 examples known)
MaterialTin Brass Designer
MonarchKing George V EffigyPortrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
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 1928, a palm tree; around outside a circle broken by decorative extensions adjacent to the date, BRITISH WEST AFRICA (above) and the denomination TWO SHILLINGS (below).

Reverse inscriptionBRITISH WEST AFRICA TWO SHILLINGS 1928
EdgeSecurity Groove Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

According to Remick, during the Depression years from 1928 to 1935, not all brass coinage struck for British West Africa was shipped and some of it was melted.

Consequently, there are only 4 or 5 known surviving specimens of this coin.

Two Shillings 1928: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Two Shillings 1928: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 13b
Two Shillings 1928: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
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List of all (26) coins of type: British West Africa / Two Shillings
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Two Shillings 1919 Two Shillings 1920 (Sterling Silver) Two Shillings 1920 (Debased Silver) Two Shillings 1920 (Brass) Two Shillings 1922 Two Shillings 1923
Two Shillings 1924 Two Shillings 1925 Two Shillings 1926 Two Shillings 1927 Two Shillings 1928 Two Shillings 1936
Two Shillings 1938 Two Shillings 1939 Two Shillings 1942 Two Shillings 1946 Two Shillings 1947 Two Shillings 1949
Two Shillings 1951 Two Shillings 1952