Nigeria: Coin Type Two Shillings - detailed information

Nigeria: Coin Type Two Shillings (issued 1959 - 1959)
Coin TypeTwo Shillings

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

It was issued only 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

A peanut plant; above, the date 1959; around above, FEDERATION OF NIGERIA; around below, the denomination TWO SHILLINGS. 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 plant.

Reverse InscriptionFEDERATION OF NIGERIA TWO SHILLINGS 1959
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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Two Shillings: Details
CountryNigeria
CurrencyNigerian Pound
From1959
To1959
Face Value2 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1973)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerPaul Vincze
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)27
Mass (g)10