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British West Africa consisted of West African countries under British rule during the colonial period: Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Ghana. These countries were either a geographical territory or an administrative entity. 

The British West African pound, which was subdivided into 20 shillings, was the official currency of the collective. The British West African pound has the same value as the pound sterling.

In 1907, a holed aluminium 1/10 of a penny was introduced, along with a copper-nickel 1 penny. These coins feature a crown above the hole and English and Arabic inscriptions EDWARD VII KING & EMPEROR on their obverse. Their reverse depicts a hexagram.

In 1908, the aluminium 1/10 of a penny coin was replaced with a copper-nickel coin. In 1911, a copper-nickel half a penny coin was introduced. This coin also has a hole in the center and shares the same design as the 1/10 of a penny and 1-penny coins with the exception of its GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: inscription instead of EDWARD VII KING & EMPEROR.

In 1913, silver coins in denominations of 3 and 6-penny coins, and 1 and 2 shilling coins were introduced. These denominations were later replaced with brass coins in 1920, and in 1958, the final coins of British West Africa were minted.

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