3 Pence - Edward VIII Pattern
|King||Edward VIII (1936)|
|Value||3 Pence (1/80)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Machined off, originally had the portrait of King Edward VIII
(Some have the word "Model" stamped on the obverse)
Three Wheat Heads with ribbon
MintRoyal Mint, Melbourne, Australia (1872-1969)
The 1937 Threepence coin was a pattern which was never released. It is thought that about 15 coins exist; most of them are uniface, with the word "model" stamped on the obverse. The one example which has both sides struck carries the new George VI obverse. It is thought that all the others had the effigy and legend of Edward VIII, which were then machined off to make the coins uniface.
The IAG Sale Catalogue of 19 October 2013 says about it:
"Pattern Threepence 1937. Struck with both sides and unique as such. Struck in Australia with the master tools at the Royal Mint branch in Melbourne. Found in circulation in 1966 by a Tasmanian family, it comes with a Royal Mint letter dated May 2006 certifying authenticity. Original old tone and surfaces. Ex Sotheby’s, London, and found in Tasmania in 1966 in change. The only example known of this coin in private hands, and a unique opportunity to procure a coin that will complete the only known full Commonwealth Date set in Private hands. Of the highest rarity."
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