Sixpence 1938, Coin from British West Africa - detailed information

Sixpence 1938, Coin from British West Africa (demonetised 1968)
CoinSixpence 1938

The British West African Pound was the currency of British West Africa, a group of British colonies, protectorates and mandate territories - Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana (originally Gold Coast) and Gambia.

The British West African Pound was equal to the (pre-decimal) Pound Sterling and was similarly subdivided into 20 shillings, each of 12 pence. In other words, the sixpence (or six pence) was equal to one half of a shilling or 1/40th of a pound (i.e., 40 of these coins made one pound).

Initially the coins were issued in silver; this was later changed to tin brass and then to nickel brass - such as this coin.

After decolonisation, the coins were replaced by the various new countries as they introduced their own independent currencies:
- Nigeria introduced the Nigerian Pound in 1958
- Ghana introduced in Ghanaian Pound in 1958
- British Cameroon (on unification with Cameroon) adopted the Central African CFA Franc in 1961
- Sierra Leone introduced the Leone in 1964
- Gambia introduced the Gambian Pound in 1965

In some places, British West African coins circulated in parallel with the new coinage until 1968. Thus, 6 pence coins issued in 1938 would have circulated for up to 30 years depending on location.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage12,114,473 (12.1 million)
Obverse
British West Africa / Sixpence 1938 - obverse photo

Crowned head of King George VI facing left; around, the monarch's legend: GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:. Translated from Latin: 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 are the artist's initials PM (for Percy Metcalfe).

Obverse Inscription GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Reverse
British West Africa / Sixpence 1938 - reverse photo

Within an oak wreath tied with ribbon, the value and denomination in two lines: 6 PENCE.

Around, the legend BRITISH WEST AFRICA; below the wreath, the date: 1938.

Reverse Inscription 6 PENCE BRITISH WEST AFRICA 1938
EdgeSecurity GrooveEdge InscriptionNone
Sixpence 1938: Known varieties
Variety Proof British West Africa / Sixpence 1938 / Proof - obverse photo British West Africa / Sixpence 1938 / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage unknown
Sixpence 1938: References to Information Used
All (24) Coins of Country: British West Africa, Type: Sixpence
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Sixpence 1913 960,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1914 952,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1916 400,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1917 2,400,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1918 1,160,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1919 8,676,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1920 (Silver) 2,948,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1920 (Brass) 12,000,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1923 2,000,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1924 3,000,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1925 2,800,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1928 400,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1933 1,000,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1935 4,000,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1936 13,576,000 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Bertram Mackennal GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1938 12,114,473 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1940 17,829,069 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1942 1,600,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1943 10,586,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1944 1,814,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1945 4,000,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1946 4,000,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1947 6,120,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP:
Sixpence 1952 2,544,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head) + GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF:
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Sixpence 1938: Details
CountryBritish West Africa
CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Coin TypeSixpence, Nickel Brass
Issued1938
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyPortrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Face Value6 (x Penny)
Total Mintage12,114,473 (12.1 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1968
MaterialNickel Brass
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)19.3400
Mass (g)3.4900
OCC IDDRMK-GOZA-CKVK-ENXQ
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Sixpence 1938: Photos
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1938
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, British West Africa, 1938
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Coin, British West Africa, 6 Pence 1938
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Coin, British West Africa, 6 Pence 1938
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Sixpence 1938: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 22