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Coin: Shilling 1939

CountryBritish West Africa CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Face value1 (x Shilling) TypeShilling (Nickel Brass)
Year1939 CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
Mintage55,471,675 (55.5 million)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 55,471,675 (55.5 million)
MaterialNickel Brass Designer
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.6000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.6300

Crowned head of King George VI facing left; around, the legend GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP: (George VI, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); below the neck truncation in small letters the artist's initials, PM (for Percy Metcalfe).

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:

At centre, dividing the date 1939, 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).

EdgeSecurity Groove Edge inscriptionNone

All shilling coins for the year were minted at the Royal Mint and thus have no mint mark. However, traces of a mint mark could be visible on some examples. As Remick explains - the mint mark for the Heaton Mint was not always properly removed from the die (which was always prepared by the Royal Mint before use by the other mints, and the master punch had a mint mark which was normally obliterated before it was used by the Royal Mint).

Remick lists such "ghost marks" as defects appearing as 1939-H, 1939-KN, 1939-KHN, 1940-H, 1942-KN and 1946-H shillings. "KHN" is most notable, as it means ghosts of two mint marks exist at the same time.

Shilling 1939: Known varieties
Proof unknown
Shilling 1939: Photos
Shilling 1939: Photo One Shilling
One Shilling
Copyright: British Museum / CC BY-NC-SA
Shilling 1939: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 23
Shilling 1939: References to Information Used
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Shilling 1939: Some useful external links
British Museum - coin
Bullion Star - Preserve and Protect Your Wealth in Singapore
Bullion Star - Preserve and Protect Your Wealth in Singapore
List of all (28) coins of type: British West Africa / Shilling
Shilling 1913 Shilling 1914 Shilling 1915 Shilling 1916 Shilling 1917 Shilling 1918
Shilling 1919 Shilling 1920 (Silver) Shilling 1920 (Brass) Shilling 1922 Shilling 1923 Shilling 1924
Shilling 1925 Shilling 1926 Shilling 1927 Shilling 1928 Shilling 1936 Shilling 1938
Shilling 1939 Shilling 1940 Shilling 1942 Shilling 1943 Shilling 1945 Shilling 1946
Shilling 1947 Shilling 1949 Shilling 1951 Shilling 1952