Five Cents (Nickel Brass), Coin Type from British Honduras - detailed information

Five Cents (Nickel Brass), Coin Type from British Honduras (issued 1942 - 1973)
Coin TypeFive Cents (Nickel Brass)

The impact of World War II on metal requirements and availability led to some changes in coinage alloys in 1942 (and even experiments with "the new plastic materials to save metal").

The Royal Mint reported: "As the Japanese invasion threatened a substantial portion of the world's tin supply, consideration was given to methods of reducing the Mint's requirements of that metal for coinage". For many countries that employed the Royal Mint in London for their coinage needs, the bronze issues were changed to a new alloy containing 0.5% tin. At the same time nickel was becomming an important war effort material, some countries changed their cupro-nickel coinages for the new bronze alloy while for British Honduras the change was to a nickel brass, an alloy of 79% copper, 20% zinc and 1% nickel.

Obverse

Effigy of the ruling monarch, legend.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling monarch
Reverse

At centre in two lines within a circle of beads, 5 CENTS; around, BRITISH HONDURAS; below, the date.

Reverse Inscription 5 CENTS BRITISH HONDURAS [year]
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Five Cents (Nickel Brass) - (24) Coins
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Cents 1942 30,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Five Cents 1943 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Five Cents 1944 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Five Cents 1945 65,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Five Cents 1947 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Five Cents 1949 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Five Cents 1950 225,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Five Cents 1952 100,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Five Cents 1956 100,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1957 100,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1958 200,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1959 100,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1961 100,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1962 200,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1963 100,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1964 105,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1965 300,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1966 150,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1968 200,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1969 240,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1970 240,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1971 450,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1972 200,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1973 210,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
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Five Cents (Nickel Brass): Details
CountryBritish Honduras
CurrencyBritish Honduras Dollar
Sub-type ofFive Cents
From1942
To1973
Face Value5 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1981)
MaterialNickel-Brass (Neusilber)
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size20.260 mm
Mass3.620 g
Five Cents (Nickel Brass): Photos
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Proof Coin - 5 Cents, British Honduras (Belize), 1949
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Third 5 cents reverse (1942 - 1973).
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Coin - 5 Cents, British Honduras (Belize), 1942
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George VI, Emperor of India (1942 - 1947).
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Proof Coin - 5 Cents, British Honduras (Belize), 1949
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George VI (1949 - 1952).
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Proof Coin - 5 Cents, British Honduras (Belize), 1956
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1956 - 1973).
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