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Coin: Halfpenny 1919

CountryBritish West Africa CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny (George V and Edward VIII)
Year1919 CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
Mintage8,811,600 (8.8 million)
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 4,950,480 (5.0 million)
King's Norton Metal Co. Letters KN 3,861,120 (3.9 million)
MaterialCuproNickel Designer
MonarchKing George V Effigy
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm)25.2000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)

An imperial crown above a central circular hole with a scroll ornament to right and left; below crown and around the hole, the denomination ONE HALFPENNY; around, outside the scroll ornaments, the legend GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: (George the Fifth, King and Emperor of India); below the hole, the denomination in Arabic: نُصْف پَنّي.

The mint mark (H or KN) is between the centre hole and the Arabic inscription.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي

Around circular central hole, Solomon's seal (six-pointed "Star of David"), consisting of two equilateral triangles interlaced; around above, BRITISH WEST AFRICA; below, the star divides the date 1919.

Reverse inscriptionBRITISH WEST AFRICA 1919
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Halfpenny 1919: Photos
Halfpenny 1919: Photo Halfpenny
Copyright: British Museum / CC BY-NC-SA
Notes: Heaton Mint (H mint mark).
Halfpenny 1919: Photo Halfpenny
Copyright: British Museum / CC BY-NC-SA
Notes: King's Norton Metal Co. (KN mint mark).
Halfpenny 1919: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 8
Halfpenny 1919: References to Information Used
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Halfpenny 1919: Some useful external links
British Museum - coin
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
List of all (31) coins of type: British West Africa / Halfpenny
Halfpenny 1911 Halfpenny 1912 Halfpenny 1913 Halfpenny 1914 Halfpenny 1915 Halfpenny 1916
Halfpenny 1917 Halfpenny 1918 Halfpenny 1919 Halfpenny 1920 Halfpenny 1922 Halfpenny 1927
Halfpenny 1929 Halfpenny 1931 Halfpenny 1932 Halfpenny 1933 Halfpenny 1934 Halfpenny 1935
Halfpenny 1936 George V Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII Halfpenny 1937 Halfpenny 1940 Halfpenny 1941 Halfpenny 1942
Halfpenny 1943 Halfpenny 1944 Halfpenny 1946 Halfpenny 1947 Halfpenny 1949 Halfpenny 1951
Halfpenny 1952