Nigeria: Coin Type Shilling - detailed information

Nigeria: Coin Type Shilling (issued 1959 - 1962)
Coin TypeShilling

This coin is a continuation of the series of British West Africa shilling coins. Unlike the small denomination bronze coins though, it has a new design.

It was issued between 1959 and 1962 and was demonetised in 1973 with the introduction of Nigeria's decimal currency, the Naira.

Obverse

Crowned bust of Queen ELIZABETH II facing right; around, QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND; the artist's initials CT (for Cecil Thomas) incuse on the bust truncation.

Obverse InscriptionQUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Reverse

Palm tree foliage dividing the date; around above, FEDERATION OF NIGERIA; around below, the denomination ONE SHILLING. The legend and the denomination are separated by two small "Stars of David".

The designer's initials, HP ([Thomas] Humphrey Paget) are under the date.

Reverse InscriptionFEDERATION OF NIGERIA ONE SHILLING [year]
EdgeSecurity groove
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, pp 469-470.

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Shilling: Details
CountryNigeria
CurrencyNigerian Pound
From1959
To1962
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1973)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerThomas Humphrey Paget
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)23
Mass (g)5
Shilling: Photos
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Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Nigeria, 1959
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Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Nigeria, 1959
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