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Coin: Sixpence 1917

CountryBritish West Africa CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Face value6 (x Penny) TypeSixpence (Sterling Silver)
Year1917 CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
Mintage2,400,000 (2.4 million)
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 2,400,000 (2.4 million)
Material0.925 Silver Designer
MonarchKing George V EffigyPortrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.8300

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 in relief on the bust truncation.

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

Within an oak wreath tied with ribbon, the denomination in two lines: 6 PENCE; around, BRITISH WEST AFRICA; below the wreath, the date 1917.

The mint mark H is between the wreath and the date.

Reverse inscription6 PENCE BRITISH WEST AFRICA 1917
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Sixpence 1917: Photos
Sixpence 1917: Photo 6 Pence
6 Pence
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Sixpence 1917: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 11
Sixpence 1917: References to Information Used
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Sixpence 1917: Some useful external links
British Museum - coin
Bullion Star - Buy and Store Gold and Silver in Singapore
Bullion Star - Buy and Store Gold and Silver in Singapore
List of all (24) coins of type: British West Africa / Sixpence
Sixpence 1913 Sixpence 1914 Sixpence 1916 Sixpence 1917 Sixpence 1918 Sixpence 1919
Sixpence 1920 (Brass) Sixpence 1920 (Silver) Sixpence 1923 Sixpence 1924 Sixpence 1925 Sixpence 1928
Sixpence 1933 Sixpence 1935 Sixpence 1936 Sixpence 1938 Sixpence 1940 Sixpence 1942
Sixpence 1943 Sixpence 1944 Sixpence 1945 Sixpence 1946 Sixpence 1947 Sixpence 1952