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Australia 1942 D Threepence Silver Coin

This coin has some unsightly tarnish on it, but that indicates that it has original surfaces and hasn’t been cleaned. I would grade it Very Fine (VF30) or so.

On the reverse are three stalks of wheat tied together at the stalks with a ribbon. The legend reads “Australia * Three Pence”.  The date is written on either side of the grains, across the horizontal bar formed by the ribbon. The mint mark is below that bar on the right, at approximately 6:10.

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Reverse

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Reverse

On the obverse, the 3d shows King George VI facing to the left. The boyish King is surrounded by the legend “GEORGIVS VI : D : G : BR : OMN : REX : F : D : IND : IMP”. The British love their abbreviation, right? This Latin inscription stands for George the Sixth, 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).

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Obverse

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Obverse

Identification code: Australia KM-37 (1938-1944)

Date: 1942

Mint Mark: D (Denver)

Mintage: 16,000,000

Country of origin: United States (minted for Australia, as a wartime ally)

Composition: Sterling Silver (92.5% pure)

Size: 16mm

Weight: 1.41g (0.0419 oz ASW)

Other details: I bought this coin from a hoard at a PM dealer. They had a bin full of assorted “foreign junk” and I was happy to dig through it for diamonds in the rough.

Estimated Value: $1.50-3.00 with silver at ~$33/oz

Australian 1928 3d Coin (Silver Threepence)

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)’.

Australian 3 Pence Coin from 1928 Obverse

Australian 3 Pence Coin from 1928 Obverse

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.

Australian 3 Pence Coin from 1928 Reverse

Australian 3 Pence Coin from 1928 Reverse

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

Date: 1928

Mint Mark: n/a (Melbourne)

Mintage: 5,000,000

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: 92.5 Silver (Sterling)

Size: 16mm

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

Australia 1912 Threepence Silver Coin 3d

This coin has been beat to heck. It’s been around the block, through the grinder, and roughed up. But, the wear is honest, and despite some ugly rim dings, I would ground this as Good (G4).

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 3 Pence Coin from 1912 Reverse

Australia 3 Pence Coin from 1912 Reverse

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).

Australia 3 Pence Coin from 1912 Obverse

Australia 3 Pence Coin from 1912 Obverse

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

Date: 1912

Mint Mark: n/a (which means London)

Mintage: 2,400,000 (fairly low for the series; this is a semi-key date)

Country of origin: London (produced for Australia)

Composition: 92.5% Silver (Sterling)

Size: 16mm

Weight: 1.41g (0.0419 oz ASW)

Other details: I purchased this coin from a hoard of coins and medals that a precious metal broker had in a 5 gallon jug.

Estimated Value: $5-20 with silver at ~$33/oz (without the rim dings, the price would be much higher)

Australia Threepence 1941 Coin

This Australian threepence is in VF30-EF40 condition (in my opinion).

On the obverse, the 3p shows King George VI facing to the left. The boyish King is surrounded by the legend “GEORGIVS VI : D : G : BR : OMN : REX : F : D : IND : IMP”. The British love their abbreviation, right? This Latin inscription stands for George the Sixth, 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).

On the reverse are three stalks of wheat tied together at the stalks with a ribbon. The legend reads “Australia * Three Pence”.  The date is written around the grains, across the horizontal bar formed by the ribbon.

Australia Threepence 1941 Coin Obverse

Australia Threepence 1941 Coin Obverse

Australia Threepence 1941 Coin Reverse

Australia Threepence 1941 Coin Reverse

Identification code: KM-37

Date: 1941

Mint Mark: n/a (Melbourne)

Mintage: 7,584,000. Here’s an excellent page with mintage numbers for the whole series of 3 pence coins.

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: 92.5% silver

Size: 15 mm

Weight: 1.41g (0.0419 oz ASW)

Other details: I quite like the simplicity of the reverse design, although the lack of fine detail makes grading these coins difficult.

Estimated Value: $1.50-$2.50 in EF (with silver at ~$30/ounce)

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