5 Cents, Issued by, British Honduras (Belize), 1942.
Minted by Royal Mint, London.
Crowned head of the King facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA; below the neck truncation in small letters the artist's initials, PM
At centre in two lines within a circle of beads, 5 / CENTS; around, BRITISH HONDURAS 1942
The impact of World War II on metal requirements and availability led to some changes in coinage alloys in 1942 (and even experiments with "the new plastic materials to save metal') The mint reported "As the Japanese invasion threatened a substantial portion of the world's tin supply, consideration was given to methods of reducing the Mint's requirements of that metal for coinage". For many countries that employed the Royal Mint, London for their coinage needs, the bronze issues were changed to a new alloy containing 0.5% tin. At the same time nickel was becomming an important war effort material, some countries changed their cupro-nickel coinages for the new bronze alloy while for British Honduras the change was to a nickel brass, an alloy of 79% copper, 20% zinc and 1% nickel. This Royal Mint Record coin is not struck at the usual high proof level (compared with the 1949 Proof of Record issue for example). It is however a special strike, a specimen or lower mirror finished proof - again, a reflection of the needs of the war effort.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
20 mm (Outside Diameter), 3.617 g (Weight)
KM#22a Pridmore 40A (specimen/proof not listed) Seventy-Third Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint, 1942, p.122 and 131.
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1965. The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations, Part 3, West Indies.
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2009. 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000.