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18th Century Sierra Leone 20 Cents / Soho Mint, Birmingham

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1885N1536.44
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1791 - 1791

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Soho Mint - View history


This is a gilt proof version of the silver and copper pieces minted by the Soho Mint, Birmingham for a new British colony situated on the west coast of Africa. The date 1791actually refers to the date that the Sierra Leone Company was founded, and not to the date of manufacture. The coins in fact were first ordered in August 1792 and not minted until December of that year.
Although many of the initial coinage of cents were destroyed in a fire shortly after their arrival in Africa, the modest needs of the colony had almost been met. Another shipment was despatched in 1796 and brought the total amount produced to approximately 800,334 pieces.

Presented by the Misses Long

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:Georgian
Material(s):Gilt metal
Denomination:20 cents
Place of Origin:Birmingham, Staffordshire, England

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Diameter:24 mm