Sixpence, Coin Type from British West Africa - detailed information

Sixpence, Coin Type from British West Africa (issued 1913 - 1952)
Coin TypeSixpence

The British West African Pound was the currency of British West Africa, a group of British colonies, protectorates and mandate territories - Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana (originally Gold Coast) and Gambia.

The British West African Pound was equal to the (pre-decimal) Pound Sterling and was similarly subdivided into 20 shillings, each of 12 pence. In other words, the sixpence (or six pence) was equal to one half of a shilling or 1/40th of a pound (i.e., 40 of these coins made one pound).

Initially the coin was equivalent to its Imperial counterpart - the British Sixpence - but was then debased much earlier than it.

There were three types issued:
- silver coins - 1913 - 1920 (first sterling, then debased in 1920), for King George V
- tin brass coins - 1920 - 1936, for King George V
- nickel brass coins - 1938 - 1952, for King George VI

No 6 pence coins were issued for King Edward VIII or Queen Elizabeth II in British West Africa.

After decolonisation, the coins were replaced by the various new countries as they introduced their own independent currencies:
- Nigeria introduced the Nigerian Pound in 1958
- Ghana introduced in Ghanaian Pound in 1958
- British Cameroon (on unification with Cameroon) adopted the Central African CFA Franc in 1961
- Sierra Leone introduced the Leone in 1964
- Gambia introduced the Gambian Pound in 1965

In some places, British West African coins circulated in parallel with the new coinage until 1968.

Obverse
British West Africa / Sixpence - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse
British West Africa / Sixpence - reverse photo

Within an oak wreath tied with ribbon, the value and denomination in two lines: 6 PENCE; around, the legend BRITISH WEST AFRICA.

Below the wreath, the date [year].

The mint mark (if any) is between the wreath and the date.

Reverse Inscription BRITISH WEST AFRICA [year]
EdgeEdge Inscription
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, pp 87-95.
[Book] Vice, David. 1983. The Coinage of British West Africa & St. Helena 1684 - 1958.

All (24) Coins of Type: Sixpence
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Sixpence 1913 960,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1914 952,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1916 400,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1917 2,400,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1918 1,160,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1919 8,676,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1920 (Silver) 2,948,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1920 (Brass) 12,000,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1923 2,000,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1924 3,000,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1925 2,800,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1928 400,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1933 1,000,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1935 4,000,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1936 13,576,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1938 12,114,473 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1940 17,829,069 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1942 1,600,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1943 10,586,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1944 1,814,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1945 4,000,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1946 4,000,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1947 6,120,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1952 2,544,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) + GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF:
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Sixpence: Details
CountryBritish West Africa
CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Sub-types Sixpence, Silver
Sixpence, Tin Brass
Sixpence, Nickel Brass
From1913
To1952
Face Value6 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1968)
Material
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)
Mass (g)
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Sixpence: Photos
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Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1913
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Notes: Silver (1913 - 1920).
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1925
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Notes: Tin brass (1920 - 1936).
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1938
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Notes: Nickel brass (1938 - 1952).
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Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1913
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Notes: King George V, silver (1913 - 1920).
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1925
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Notes: King George V, tin brass (1920 - 1936).
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1938
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Notes: King George VI, Emperor of India (1938 - 1947).
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