1917 Australia Threepence - King George V

Three pence
Approx. Grade:
Purchased as VF
Price : $39.95

1917 Australia Threepence - King George V

A coin from the First World War which has survived reasonably well.

Great album filler or for the starting collector.

Lower mintages due to the scarcity of metal in World War I meant a lot fewer of these were struck in 1916.

1917 saw a return to more normal levels but this is still a great collectible.

George Kruger Gray (December 25, 1880 – May 2, 1943) was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

The Australian Threepence was a small silver coin used in the Commonwealth of Australia prior to decimalisation. It was minted from 1910 until 1964, excluding 1913, 1929 - 1933 inclusive, 1937, 1945 and 1946. After decimalisation on 14 February 1966, the coin was equivalent to 2½¢, but was rapidly withdrawn from circulation.

During World War II, between 1942 - 1944, threepence production was supplemented by coinage produced by the United States Mint with coins produced at the San Francisco and Denver mints. Coins minted at the San Francisco mint 1942-1944 contain a small S on the reverse, while coins produced at the Denver mint 1942-1943 have a small D on the reverse.

There were in total 6 varites of Three Penny coins minted between 1911 and 1966 when decimalisation occured.

Mints: M – Melbourne  L - London  S - Sydney S - San Francisco  D - Denver

Mint Marks: M – Melbourne

1911-1936 All three pence coins in this period were as follows.

Diameter 16 mm

Weight 1.41 grams

Edge – Plain

Composition:92.5 silver, 7,5% copper

Obverse:Has a portrait of King George V by Sir E.B. Mackennel

Reverse:From 1910 to 1936 the Australian coat of arms.by W.H.J. Blakemore was on the reverse. From 1938 to 1964 a sheaf of wheat by George Kruger Gray

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