Threepence, CuproNickel, Coin Type from British West Africa - detailed information

Threepence, CuproNickel, Coin Type from British West Africa (issued 1938 - 1957)
Coin TypeThreepence, CuproNickel

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 threepence (or three pence) was thus equal to a quarter of a shilling or 1/80th of a pound (i.e., 80 of these coins made one pound).

Initially the coin was equivalent to its Imperial counterpart - the British Threepence - 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
- copper-nickel coins - 1938 - 1957, for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II

No 3 pence coins were issued for King Edward VIII 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 / Threepence, CuproNickel - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse
British West Africa / Threepence, CuproNickel - reverse photo

Within an oak wreath tied with ribbon, the value and denomination in two lines: 3 PENCE; around, the legend BRITISH WEST AFRICA.

Below the wreath, the date [year].

Reverse Inscription 3 PENCE BRITISH WEST AFRICA [year]
EdgeSecurity GrooveEdge InscriptionNone
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.

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Threepence, CuproNickel: Details
CountryBritish West Africa
CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Sub-type ofThreepence
From1938
To1957
Face Value3 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1968)
MaterialCuproNickel
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size21.450 mm
Mass5.100 g
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Threepence, CuproNickel: Photos
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British West Africa 1938-KN 3 pence
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Notes: Common reverse (1938 - 1957).
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British West Africa 1938-KN 3 pence
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Notes: King George VI (1938 - 1947).
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British West Africa 1957-H 3 pence
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1957).
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