Nigeria: Coin Type Threepence - detailed information

Nigeria: Coin Type Threepence (issued 1959 - 1959)
Coin TypeThreepence

This coin is a continuation of the series of British West Africa threepence coins. Unlike the small denomination bronze coins though, it has a new design and copies the shape of the contemporary British nickel-brass threepence piece.

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

Obverse
Nigeria / Threepence - obverse photo

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
Nigeria / Threepence - reverse photo

Cotton flowers, the date 1959 is above; around above, FEDERATION OF NIGERIA; around below, the denomination THREE PENCE. The legend and the denomination are separated by two small "Stars of David".

The designer's initials, P.V. (for Paul Vincze) are under the flower.

Reverse InscriptionFEDERATION OF NIGERIA THREE PENCE 1959
EdgePlain
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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Threepence: Details
CountryNigeria
CurrencyNigerian Pound
From1959
To1959
Face Value3 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1973)
MaterialNickel Brass
DesignerPaul Vincze
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagonal
Size (mm)19
Mass (g)3.2500
Threepence: Photos
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Proof Coin - 3 Pence, Nigeria, 1959
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Proof Coin - 3 Pence, Nigeria, 1959
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