Australia Threepence 1921

This coin is a tiny silver threepence from Australia. The threepence was a strange coin that was made of silver even though it wasn’t worth much.

On the obverse, the 3 pence has a leftward facing Imperial Bust of George the 5th of England. He is shown in full regalia, with a crown and dandy looking vest. The legend reads “GEORGIVS V : D : G : BR : OMN : REX : F : D : IND : IMP”. The British love their abbreviation, right? Note that some of the letters we would normally use are replaced with others – ie; V instead of U because the Roman alphabet did not have those letters.  This stands for George the Fifth, Dei Gratia (by the grace of god), Britanniarum Omnium Rex (King of all the Brittons), Fidei Defensor (defender of the faith), India Imperator (Emperor of India).

The reverse shows the Australian coat of arms. This is a shield flanked by a Kangaroo on the left and an Emu on the right, with a scroll below. The shield has a Saint George cross in the center, and six inescutcheons representing the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, and South Australia. Ontop of the shield is a starburts – the ‘Star of Federation’. The scroll reads “Advance Australia”. The legend on the coin reads “THREEPENCE” with the date below the crest.

Australia 1921 Threepence Obverse

Australia 1921 Threepence Obverse

Australia 1921 Threepence Reverse

Australia 1921 Threepence Reverse

Identification code: Australian KM-24 (1911-1936)

Date: 1921

Mint Mark: N/A (Melbourne mint – two varieties exist; one with an M below the date, and one plain like this. The plain is the scarcer variety).

Mintage: 7,378,000 (unknown how many were minted with the M vs. unmarked)

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: 92.5% silver

Size: 16mm

Weight: 1.41g (0.0419 oz ASW)

Other details: I imagine that these coins were easy to lose due to their small size (and I apologize for the scan – this coin is both worn and tiny).

Estimated Value: $10-15 in VF20

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