Shilling 1942, Coin from British West Africa - detailed information

Shilling 1942, Coin from British West Africa (demonetised 1965)
CoinShilling 1942

MintRoyal Mint Mintage42,000,000 (42.0 million)
Obverse

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:
Reverse

At centre, dividing the date 1942, 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).

Reverse Inscription BRITISH WEST AFRICA ONE SHILLING 1942
EdgeSecurity GrooveEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

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 1942: 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: +
Shilling 1942: Details
CountryBritish West Africa
CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Coin TypeShilling (Nickel Brass)
Issued1942
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyPortrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
Mintage42,000,000 (42.0 million)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
MaterialNickel Brass
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.6000
Mass (g)5.6300
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One Shilling
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Shilling 1942: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 23
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