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Coin: Sixpence 1940

CountryBritish West Africa CurrencyBritish West African Pound
Face value6 (x Penny) TypeSixpence (Nickel Brass)
Year1940 CurrentNo (demonetised 1965)
Mintage17,829,069 (17.8 million)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 17,829,069 (17.8 million)
MaterialNickel Brass Designer
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3400 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)3.4900

Crowned head of King George VI facing left; around, the legend GEORGIVS VI D · G · BRITT · OMN · REX F · D · IND · IMP: (George the Sixth, 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:

Within an oak wreath tied with ribbon, the denomination in two lines: 6 PENCE; around, BRITISH WEST AFRICA; below the wreath, the date 1940.

Reverse inscription6 PENCE BRITISH WEST AFRICA 1940
EdgeSecurity Groove Edge inscriptionNone
Sixpence 1940: Known varieties
Proof unknown
Sixpence 1940: Photos
Sixpence 1940: Photo 6 Pence
6 Pence
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Sixpence 1940: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish West Africa KM# 22
Sixpence 1940: 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
Sixpence 1940: Some useful external links
British Museum - coin
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
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