Nigeria: Coin Type Sixpence - detailed information

Nigeria: Coin Type Sixpence (issued 1959 - 1959)
Coin TypeSixpence

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

It was only issued in 1959 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

Cocoa beans; the date 1959 is below; around above, FEDERATION OF NIGERIA; around below, the denomination SIXPENCE. 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 SIXPENCE 1959
EdgeMilled
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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Sixpence: Details
CountryNigeria
CurrencyNigerian Pound
From1959
To1959
Face Value6 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1973)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerThomas Humphrey Paget
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)17.8000
Thickness (mm)1.4000
Mass (g)2.5000