Five Cents 1942, Coin from British Honduras - detailed information

Five Cents 1942, Coin from British Honduras
CoinFive Cents 1942

MintRoyal Mint Mintage30,000
Obverse
British Honduras / Five Cents 1942 - obverse photo

Crowned head of King George VI facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA; below the neck truncation in small letters the artist's initials, PM (for Percy Metcalfe).

Obverse Inscription GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Reverse
British Honduras / Five Cents 1942 - reverse photo

At centre in two lines within a circle of beads, 5 / CENTS; around, BRITISH HONDURAS 1942.

Reverse Inscription 5 CENTS BRITISH HONDURAS 1942
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The impact of World War II on metal requirements and availability led to some changes in coinage alloys in 1942 (and even experiments with "the new plastic materials to save metal"). The mint reported "As the Japanese invasion threatened a substantial portion of the world's tin supply, consideration was given to methods of reducing the Mint's requirements of that metal for coinage". For many countries that employed the Royal Mint, London for their coinage needs, the bronze issues were changed to a new alloy containing 0.5% tin. At the same time nickel was becoming an important war effort material; some countries changed their cupro-nickel coinages for the new bronze alloy while for British Honduras the change was to a nickel brass alloy of 79% copper, 20% zinc and 1% nickel.

The Royal Mint Record coin was not struck at the usual high proof level (compared with the 1949 Proof of Record issue for example). It is however a special strike, a specimen or lower mirror finished proof - a reflection of the needs of the war effort.

References to original information:

Seventy-Third Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint, 1942, p.122 and 131.

Five Cents 1942: Known varieties
Variety Proof British Honduras / Five Cents 1942 / Proof - obverse photo British Honduras / Five Cents 1942 / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage unknown
DetailsThe Royal Mint Record coin is not struck at the usual high proof level (compared with the 1949 Proof of Record issue for example). It is however a special strike, a specimen or lower mirror finished proof - a reflection of the needs of the war effort.
Five Cents 1942: References to Information Used
All (34) Coins of Country: British Honduras, Type: Five Cents
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Cents 1894 128,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young crowned head) VICTORIA QUEEN
Five Cents 1907 10,000 Portrait by George William de Saulles (Crowned Bust) EDWARD VII KING AND EMPEROR 1907
Five Cents 1909 10,000 Portrait by George William de Saulles (Crowned Bust) EDWARD VII KING AND EMPEROR 1909
Five Cents 1911 10,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA 1911
Five Cents 1912 20,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA 1912
Five Cents 1916 20,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA 1916
Five Cents 1918 20,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA 1918
Five Cents 1919 20,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA 1919
Five Cents 1936 60,050 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA 1936
Five Cents 1939 20,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Five Cents 1942 30,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Five Cents 1943 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Five Cents 1944 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Five Cents 1945 65,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Five Cents 1947 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA
Five Cents 1949 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Five Cents 1950 225,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Five Cents 1952 100,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Five Cents 1956 100,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1957 100,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1958 200,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1959 100,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1961 100,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1962 200,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1963 100,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1964 105,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1965 300,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1966 150,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1968 200,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1969 240,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1970 240,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1971 450,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1972 200,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Five Cents 1973 210,000 Portrait by Cecil Thomas QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
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Five Cents 1942: Details
CountryBritish Honduras
CurrencyBritish Honduras Dollar
Coin TypeFive Cents (Nickel Brass)
Issued1942
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyPortrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Face Value5 (x Cent)
Mintage30,000
CurrentNo (demonetised 1981)
MaterialNickel-Brass (Neusilber)
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)20.2600
Mass (g)3.6200
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Five Cents 1942: Photos
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Coin - 5 Cents, British Honduras (Belize), 1942
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Notes: Proof.
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Coin - 5 Cents, British Honduras (Belize), 1942
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Notes: Proof.
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Five Cents 1942: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish Honduras KM# 22a