Obverse. Heaton Mint, Birmingham (H). Photo © Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
  • 1 Penny 1937-1947, KM# 19, British West Africa, George VI, Heaton Mint, Birmingham (H)
  • 1 Penny 1937-1947, KM# 19, British West Africa, George VI
  • 1 Penny 1937-1947, KM# 19, British West Africa, George VI, Pretoria Mint, South Africa (SA)

British West Africa was the collective name for British colonies in West Africa during the colonial period, either in the general geographical sense or more specifically those comprised in a formal colonial administrative entity. The United Kingdom held varying parts of these territories or the whole throughout the 19th century. From west to east, the colonies became the independent countries of the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Nigeria.


An imperial crown above a central circular hole with a scroll ornament to right and left; below crown and around the hole, the denomination in English; around, outside the scroll ornaments, the legend "George VI Rex et Indiae Imperator" (King and Emperor of Indies)"; below the hole, the denomination in Arabic.

The mint mark (if any) is between the centre hole and the Arabic inscription.

The Tudor Crown, also known as the King's Crown or Imperial Crown, is a widely used symbol in heraldry of the United Kingdom. While various crown symbols had been used for this purpose for many years previously, the specific Tudor Crown design was standardised at the request of Edward VII. It was never intended to represent any actual physical crown, although in shape it bears a close resemblance to the small diamond crown of Queen Victoria.

وَاحِد پَنّي


Around circular central hole, Solomon's seal (six-pointed "Star of David"); around above country name; below, the star divides the date 1952.

The Star of David (✡), known in Hebrew as the Shield of David or Magen David is a generally recognized symbol of modern Jewish identity and Judaism. Its shape is that of a hexagram

A hexagram (Greek) or sexagram (Latin) is a six-pointed geometric star. Since there are no true regular continuous hexagrams, the term is instead used to refer to the compound figure of two equilateral triangles shown to the right.

• 1937 •

Material Cupronickel
Weight 9.5 g
Diameter 30.8 mm
Thickness 1.6 mm
Shape round with a center hole
Alignment Medal
Heaton Mint, Birmingham (H)
Kings Norton Metal Company, Birmingham (KN)
London Mint
Pretoria Mint, South Africa (SA)

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