This coin is in well circulated condition. It is in Very Good to Fine condition (VG8-F12).
The obverse of 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 a snazzy looking vest. The legend reads “GEORGIVS V : D : G : BR : OMN : REX : F : D : IND : IMP”. You may notice that some of the letters we would normally use are replaced with others – ie; V instead of U – this is because the Roman alphabet did not have those letters and British coinage is based on the style of Roman coins. The abbreviations translate as ‘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. On top 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.
Identification code: Australia KM-24 (1911-1936)
Mint Mark: n/a (Melbourne)
Country of origin: Australia
Composition: 92.5 Silver (Sterling)
Weight: 1.41g (0.0419 oz ASW)
Other details: I bought this coin from a hoard of ‘strange foreign coins’ that a local precious metal dealer had in a 5 gallon tub. I wish I could find a few more tubs just like that!
Estimated Value: $2-3 with silver at ~$33/oz