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.

Coin Type: Sixpence - (24) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Sixpence 1913 British West Africa / Sixpence 1913 - reverse photo British West Africa / Sixpence 1913 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 560,000
- Birmingham Mint: 400,000
Total Mintage: 960,000
Sixpence 1914 Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Birmingham Mint
Mintage: 952,000
Sixpence 1916 Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Birmingham Mint
Mintage: 400,000
Sixpence 1917 Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Birmingham Mint
Mintage: 2,400,000
Sixpence 1918 Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Birmingham Mint
Mintage: 1,160,000
Sixpence 1919 British West Africa / Sixpence 1919 - reverse photo British West Africa / Sixpence 1919 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Birmingham Mint
Mintage: 8,676,000
Sixpence 1920 (Silver) British West Africa / Sixpence 1920 (Silver) - reverse photo British West Africa / Sixpence 1920 (Silver) - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Birmingham Mint
Mintage: 2,948,000
Sixpence 1920 (Brass) Material: Tin Brass
Mint: King's Norton Metal Co.
Mintage: 12,000,000
Sixpence 1923 Material: Tin Brass
Mint: Birmingham Mint
Mintage: 2,000,000
Sixpence 1924 British West Africa / Sixpence 1924 - reverse photo British West Africa / Sixpence 1924 - obverse photo Material: Tin Brass
Mints:
- Birmingham Mint: 1,000,000
- King's Norton Metal Co.: 1,000,000
- Royal Mint: 1,000,000
Total Mintage: 3,000,000
Sixpence 1925 British West Africa / Sixpence 1925 - reverse photo British West Africa / Sixpence 1925 - obverse photo Material: Tin Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,800,000
Sixpence 1928 Material: Tin Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 400,000
Sixpence 1933 Material: Tin Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Sixpence 1935 Material: Tin Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,000,000
Sixpence 1936 Material: Tin Brass
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 10,400,000
- King's Norton Metal Co.: 2,696,000
- Birmingham Mint: 480,000
Total Mintage: 13,576,000
Sixpence 1938 British West Africa / Sixpence 1938 - reverse photo British West Africa / Sixpence 1938 - obverse photo Material: Nickel Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 12,114,473
Sixpence 1940 Material: Nickel Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 17,829,069
Sixpence 1942 Material: Nickel Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,600,000
Sixpence 1943 British West Africa / Sixpence 1943 - reverse photo British West Africa / Sixpence 1943 - obverse photo Material: Nickel Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 10,586,000
Sixpence 1944 Material: Nickel Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,814,000
Sixpence 1945 British West Africa / Sixpence 1945 - reverse photo British West Africa / Sixpence 1945 - obverse photo Material: Nickel Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,000,000
Sixpence 1946 Material: Nickel Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,000,000
Sixpence 1947 British West Africa / Sixpence 1947 - reverse photo British West Africa / Sixpence 1947 - obverse photo Material: Nickel Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 6,120,000
Sixpence 1952 British West Africa / Sixpence 1952 - reverse photo British West Africa / Sixpence 1952 - obverse photo Material: Nickel Brass
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,544,000
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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
Mass
Sixpence: Photos
ImageDetails
Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1913
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Author:
Notes: Silver (1913 - 1920).
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1925
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Author:
Notes: Tin brass (1920 - 1936).
Source
Proof Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1938
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Author:
Notes: Nickel brass (1938 - 1952).
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Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1913
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Author:
Notes: King George V, silver (1913 - 1920).
Source
Proof Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1925
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Author:
Notes: King George V, tin brass (1920 - 1936).
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1938
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Author:
Notes: King George VI, Emperor of India (1938 - 1947).
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