Halfpenny 1952, Coin from British West Africa - detailed information

Halfpenny 1952, Coin from British West Africa (demonetised 1965)
CoinHalfpenny 1952

The high price of nickel caused a change for this denomination from copper-nickel to a bronze alloy in 1952.

This was the last year the denomination was issued; there were no halfpenny coins in British West Africa for Queen Elizabeth II.

The series was continued by identically looking coins (save for differing reverse legend which was changed to FEDERATION OF NIGERIA) issued by Nigeria.

Mints
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 27,603,360 (27.6 million)
Royal Mint No mint mark 11,332,200 (11.3 million)
King's Norton Metal Co. Letters KN 4,800,000 (4.8 million)
Obverse
British West Africa / Halfpenny 1952 - obverse photo

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 1952.

Obverse Inscription BRITISH WEST AFRICA 1952
Reverse
British West Africa / Halfpenny 1952 - reverse photo

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 SEXTVS REX (George the Sixth, King); below the hole, the denomination in Arabic: نُصْف پَنّي.

The mint mark (if any) is between the centre hole and the Arabic inscription.

Reverse Inscription GEORGIVS SEXTVS REX ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Halfpenny 1952: Known varieties
Variety Proof (Royal Mint) British West Africa / Halfpenny 1952 / Proof (Royal Mint) - obverse photo British West Africa / Halfpenny 1952 / Proof (Royal Mint) - reverse photo
Mintage unknown
Halfpenny 1952: References to Information Used
All (31) Coins of Country: British West Africa, Type: Halfpenny
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Halfpenny 1911 3,360,000 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1912 3,120,000 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1913 1,598,000 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1914 4,185,000 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1915 3,576,720 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1916 4,045,680 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1917 213,600 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1918 489,600 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1919 8,811,600 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1920 40,128,940 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1922 5,817,360 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1927 528,000 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1929 336,000 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1931 96,000 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1932 960,000 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1933 2,121,600 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1934 1,694,400 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1935 3,270,960 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1936 George V 5,400,240 GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1936 Edward VIII 19,457,760 EDWARDVS VIII REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1937 9,599,200 GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1940 2,410,000 GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1941 2,400,000 GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1942 4,800,000 GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1943 3,360,000 GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1944 3,600,000 GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1946 3,600,000 GEORGIVS VI REX ET IND: IMP: ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1947 27,218,400 BRITISH WEST AFRICA 1947
Halfpenny 1949 8,271,800 GEORGIVS SEXTVS REX ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1951 3,468,000 GEORGIVS SEXTVS REX ONE HALFPENNY نُصْف پَنّي
Halfpenny 1952 43,735,560 BRITISH WEST AFRICA 1952
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Halfpenny 1952: Details
CountryBritish West Africa
CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Coin TypeHalfpenny (George VI, Bronze)
Issued1952
MonarchKing George VI
Face Value1/2 (x Penny)
Mintage43,735,560 (43.7 million)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
MaterialBronze
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm)25.9000
Mass (g)5.6000
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Halfpenny 1952: Photos
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Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1952
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Notes: Proof. Royal Mint (no mint mark).
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Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, British West Africa, 1952
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Proof.
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Halfpenny
Copyright: British Museum / CC BY-NC-SA
Notes: Royal Mint.
Source
Halfpenny 1952: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 27a