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Information about mint: King's Norton Metal Co.

Mint nameKing's Norton Metal Co.
LocationBirmingham
CountryUnited Kingdom
Dates1889 - 1962
Description

In 1889 Thomas Richard Bayliss and his son, Thomas Abraham Bayliss, founded King's Norton Metal Co. It incorporated as a Limited Company in 1890 and was registered on 21 February.

In 1912 King's Norton Metal Co provided the first competition to Birmingham Mint when it was also contracted to supply bronze blanks to the Royal Mint. Subsequently, UK coins were minted at King's Norton and this led to the recognition of the mint mark KN which has, very unobtrusively, appeared on the reverse of many millions of coins for a large number of different companies. In 1914 it also struck coins for the colonies.

The company mainly manufactured naval and military ammunition, rolled metals and wire. Specialities: cartridges for small arms, naval and field guns, fuses, primers, specialist metals.

In 1918, Explosives Trades Ltd was formed to merge together the UK explosives industry including Nobel Explosives, G. Kynoch and Co, Curtis's and Harvey, Eley, King's Norton Metal Co and Birmingham Metal and Munitions Co.

In 1920 the name changed to Nobel Industries. In 1926, the company became part of ICI. In 1962, King's Norton was reorganised as part of Imperial Metal Industries Limited.

Known mint marks of King's Norton Metal Co.:
Letter K

On some coins, Kings Norton mint had the single letter K as a mint mark.

Letters KN

The Kings Norton mint usually had the letters KN as a mint mark.

70 coins minted at King's Norton Metal Co.:
CountryCoinMintageMint mark
British West Africa Halfpenny 1914 3,360,000 (3.4 million) Letter K
United Kingdom Penny 1918 unknown Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1919 264,300 (264300) Letters KN
British West Africa Halfpenny 1919 3,861,120 (3.9 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One-tenth Penny 1919 480,000 (480000) Letters KN
United Kingdom Penny 1919 unknown Letters KN
British West Africa Two Shillings 1920 (Brass) 15,856,000 (15.9 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Shilling 1920 (Brass) 33,800,000 (33.8 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Sixpence 1920 (Brass) 12,000,000 (12.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Threepence 1920 (Brass) 19,000,000 (19.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1920 20,685,000 (20.7 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Halfpenny 1920 13,844,380 (13.8 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One-tenth Penny 1920 12,996,000 (13.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Two Shillings 1922 5,500,000 (5.5 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Shilling 1922 33,324,355 (33.3 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1922 3,970,560 (4.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Halfpenny 1922 5,817,360 (5.8 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One-tenth Penny 1922 7,264,778 (7.3 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Shilling 1923 5,000,000 (5.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One-tenth Penny 1923 12,000,000 (12.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Shilling 1924 7,000,000 (7.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Sixpence 1924 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One-tenth Penny 1925 12,000,000 (12.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One-tenth Penny 1928 3,151,000 (3.2 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Two Shillings 1936 8,794,000 (8.8 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Shilling 1936 14,962,000 (15.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Sixpence 1936 2,696,000 (2.7 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Threepence 1936 2,038,000 (2.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1936 Edward VIII 12,512,000 (12.5 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII 2,298,000 (2.3 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One-tenth Penny 1936 Edward VIII 3,000,000 (3.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1937 11,999,400 (12.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Halfpenny 1937 5,577,120 (5.6 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Two Shillings 1938 27,852,000 (27.9 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Threepence 1938 9,056,000 (9.1 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Two Shillings 1939 6,250,000 (6.3 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Threepence 1939 15,500,000 (15.5 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Threepence 1940 10,000,000 (10.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1940 2,400,000 (2.4 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Halfpenny 1940 2,410,000 (2.4 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Two Shillings 1942 10,000,000 (10.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Threepence 1943 9,502,000 (9.5 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Threepence 1944 2,536,000 (2.5 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Shilling 1945 11,120,000 (11.1 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Threepence 1945 3,000,000 (3.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1945 9,556,800 (9.6 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Two Shillings 1946 4,800,000 (4.8 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Threepence 1946 7,488,000 (7.5 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1946 11,976,000 (12.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One-tenth Penny 1946 1,152,000 (1.2 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Two Shillings 1947 4,200,000 (4.2 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Shilling 1947 10,384,000 (10.4 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Threepence 1947 11,248,000 (11.2 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1947 9,829,300 (9.8 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Halfpenny 1947 12,000,000 (12.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One-tenth Penny 1947 3,900,000 (3.9 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Two Shillings 1949 7,576,000 (7.6 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Shilling 1949 10,016,000 (10.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Halfpenny 1949 3,413,240 (3.4 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One-tenth Penny 1949 3,036,000 (3.0 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One-tenth Penny 1950 13,200,000 (13.2 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Shilling 1951 16,832,000 (16.8 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1951 2,692,300 (2.7 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Two Shillings 1952 1,236,000 (1.2 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Shilling 1952 41,652,687 (41.7 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1952 30,794,400 (30.8 million) Letters KN
British West Africa Halfpenny 1952 4,800,000 (4.8 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1956 13,499,600 (13.5 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1957 5,600,000 (5.6 million) Letters KN
British West Africa One Penny 1958 unknown Letters KN