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The separate type of coins with errors is the so-called mule coin. There are three interesting examples of BWA coins.

 
Posted : December 15, 2021 1:29 pm
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1 Penny 1936H, KM#17. 

This issue is a mule with East Africa KM#24 obverse and British West Africa KM#16 reverse. The designs are similar, the monarch's legend is identical, the value below the central hole is, in two lines, 10 CENTS. Mint mark H is below the value. According to Remick, these coins only circulated in West Africa.

Graded - 12: NGC F-VF@3, MS53@2, MS58@2, MS61@1, MS63@2, MS65@1, PCGS MS64@1


 

 
Posted : December 15, 2021 1:31 pm
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The next coin is 1 Penny 1945H, KM#25

This strike is a mule with KM#16 obverse and KM#19 reverse - Mule with the 1936 issue carrying the legend of King Edward VIII: EDWARDVS VIII REX ET IND: IMP: The mule is the result of an error at the Birmingham Mint. According to a former Mint official a coin press was mistakenly set up with the mismatched dies and allowed to run several hours before an observant manager discovered the error. Orders were immidiatly given for the destruction of all the coins so struck and none were allowed to leave the Mint premises. As inevitably happens, however, a few mint employees, perhaps seeing a rarity of the future, kept the odd specimen as a souvenir.

Graded - 3: NGC MS58@1, NGC MS63@1, PCGS MS6421
Less than 10-12 known

1). Spink 88 (1991), lot 116. Ford Sale. Mule penny 1945H, cupro-nickel, mint state, excessively rare. Sold 450 GBP
2). Heritage 357 (September 2014), lot 12363. Edward VIII Penny 1945H, mule with an Edward VIII obverse and the normal BWA reverse, KM25, FT-338, Choice AU. Extremely Rare. From the Professor Wayne Newton Palmer Collection. Sold 3,162 USD
3). Baldwin's Auctions 58 (24.09.2008), lot 1384. THE DIANA COLLECTION. British West Africa Mule Penny, 1945H, obv of Edward VIII, rev of KM 19 as the regular coinage (KM 25). Small reverse edge nick, lightly polished, extremely fine. As David Vice recounts in his book on the coins of BWA and St Helena, this error came from a mistaken mismatch of the two dies, but the presses only ran for a few hours before the error was detected. All coins struck were supposed to have been melted down, but a few did make it out of the mint. Vice also believes that fewer than 12 are known and it is hard to dispute that. Not in Pridmore or Remick, while the slightly nicer Palmer example sold for $2,700. This coin should be considered in any serious collection of coins of Edward VIII. Sold 920 GBP
4). Baldwin's Auctions 85 (26.09.2013), lot 3085. British West AFRICA. George VI, Cupro-nickel Penny mule, 1945H reverse with the British West Africa Edward 1936H Penny obverse (KM 25). Choice mint state. By far the rarest of the mules. David Vice, in his excellent book on the coins of BWA, believes that there are only 12 of these known in all grades. The Ford collection had an example that sold for £450. The Diana collection had an example graded Extremely Fine that sold for £920.


 

 
Posted : December 15, 2021 1:33 pm
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And the third type - KM#34, 1 Penny 1956H

The mule is known to have circulated, the former in Nigeria and the latter on the Gold Coast. The mule is error and have been struck in quantity

Graded - 13: NGC MSBN AU_DET@1, NGC MSBN53@1, NGC MSBN58@1, NGC MSBN61@1, NGC MSBN63@2, NGC MSRB64@2, NGC MSRB65@2, PCGS MSBN58@1, PCGS MSRB64@1


 
Posted : December 15, 2021 1:35 pm
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The rarest is the second type (1945). First type (1936) isn't rare but there are a lot of counterfeits.

 
Posted : December 15, 2021 1:36 pm
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Concerning the mule of 1945 Randy Weir remarked: "This (mule) is also interesting because of a die from 1936 which was still available for this coin to be struck. Perhaps five pieces known."

Scott Cordry told me in Dec. 1994 that David Vice (the author of the book about BWA & St.Helena coins) had told him that he (Vice) could confirm 3-4 pieces despite the note in his book that perhaps "less than a dozen exist".

All this confirms the rarity of the Edward VIII and George VI 1945 mule.

 
Posted : December 20, 2021 11:53 am
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Dear friends,

Here is a nice picture of the BWA KM-25, Vice 338.

Coin in excellent condition - Choice Uncirculated.

 
Posted : December 21, 2021 7:46 pm
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One more nice Mule, KM-17 in Gem Uncirculated condition.

 

 

 
Posted : December 21, 2021 8:03 pm
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And this is KM-34 Mule.

 
Posted : December 21, 2021 8:05 pm
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