Shilling 1920 (Brass), Coin from British West Africa - detailed information

Shilling 1920 (Brass), Coin from British West Africa (demonetised 1965)
CoinShilling 1920 (Brass)

Mints
NameMint markMintage
King's Norton Metal Co. Letters KN 33,800,000 (33.8 million)
J.R. Gaunt and Son Letter G 16,000 (16000), Rarity: R4 (15 to 25 examples known)
Obverse

Crowned and draped bust of King George V facing left (crowned effigy by Sir Bertram Mackennal); the King is wearing the Imperial Crown and the ermine Robe of State, the Collar of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and the Badge of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath; around, the legend GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: (George the Fifth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); the artist's initials BM are on the bust truncation.

Obverse Inscription GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Reverse

At centre, dividing the date 1920, a palm tree; around outside a circle broken by decorative extensions adjacent to the date, BRITISH WEST AFRICA (above) and the denomination ONE SHILLING (below).

The mint mark (KN or G) is buried at the base of the palm tree.

Reverse Inscription BRITISH WEST AFRICA ONE SHILLING 1920
EdgeSecurity GrooveEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

This is the only year when J.R. Gaunt and Son struck coins for British West Africa, with mint mark G. However, the 1920G shilling was not released into circulation. Only about 15 specimens are known.

Remick also lists Royal Mint brass coins for 1920 (with mintage "unknown"), unlisted elsewhere.

Shilling 1920 (Brass): Known varieties
Variety Mint mark KN on obverse
Mintage 1 (included in total)
Rarity: R7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
Details

Mint mark KN on obverse, below the King's bust. Unique.

Variety Proof (King's Norton Metal Co.)
Mintage unknown
Shilling 1920 (Brass): References to Information Used
All (28) Coins of Country: British West Africa, Type: Shilling
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Shilling 1913 12,340,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1914 14,292,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1915 254,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1916 11,837,732 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1917 15,018,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1918 9,486,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1919 2,992,045 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1920 (Silver) 828,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1920 (Brass) 33,816,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1922 33,324,355 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1923 29,384,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1924 33,566,800 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1925 19,800,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1926 19,952,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1927 22,248,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1928 10,000,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1936 42,882,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Shilling 1938 57,806,287 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Shilling 1939 55,471,675 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Shilling 1940 40,311,060 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Shilling 1942 42,000,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Shilling 1943 133,600,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Shilling 1945 31,994,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Shilling 1946 37,349,770 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Shilling 1947 119,584,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Shilling 1949 90,016,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: +
Shilling 1951 62,178,142 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: +
Shilling 1952 184,402,545 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: +
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Shilling 1920 (Brass): Details
CountryBritish West Africa
CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Coin TypeShilling (Tin Brass, George V)
Issued1920
MonarchKing George V
EffigyPortrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust)
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
Mintage33,816,000 (33.8 million)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
MaterialTin Brass
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.6000
Mass (g)5.7000
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Shilling 1920 (Brass): Photos
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One Shilling
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Notes: King's Norton Metal Co. (KN mint mark).
Source
Shilling 1920 (Brass): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 12a
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