3 Pence - George VI incl. Colonial

3 Pence - George VI (incl. Colonial) -  obverse3 Pence - George VI (incl. Colonial) -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1937-1945
Value 3 Pence = 1/4 Shilling (1/80)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Silver (.500)
Weight 1.41 g
Diameter 16 mm
Thickness 0.95 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 848,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Sp# 4085
  • Emma Howard (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Pre-Decimal Issues (55th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667536.
  • Geoff Kitchen (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Decimal Issues (6th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667215.

Obverse

Uncrowned portrait of King George VI left, legend around.

Lettering:
GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX
HP

Translation: George the Sixth by the Grace of God King of all the Britains

Engraver: Thomas Humphrey Paget

Thomas Humphrey Paget OBE was an English medal and coin designer and modeller. Paget's designs are indicated by the initials 'HP'. Paget was first approached by the Royal Mint in 1936 after the accession of King Edward VIII. Paget's recommendation had come via his earlier design for the obverse of a medal featuring the then-Prince of Wales.

Reverse

St. George's cross over Tudor rose dividing date, legend above, denomination below.

Lettering:
FID:DEF:IND:IMP
1937
K·G
THREE·PENCE

Translation: Defender of the Faith Emperor of India

Engraver: George Kruger Gray

George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

Edge

Plain

Comments

The standard weight of this coin was 1/22 troy ounce or 21.8 grains.

Wartime issues (1942-45) issued for use in the West Indies only, nearly all 1945 coins were melted down.

From CoinNews.net King George VI Silver Threepence were minted from 1937 to 1945, with a peak production of almost 8 million annually in 1940 and in 1941. The issues of 1942-44 were all shipped to the British West Indies, however, and the coin’s final issue was apparently deemed redundant because of public acceptance of the 12-sided nickel-brass coin. All of the 1945 Silver Threepence were ordered to be melted, their metal used in other mint products. See full article here.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1937  8,148,100 2.43 0.95 1.53 2.19 3.26 2.52 36%
1937  4 0.3% Matte Proof
1937  26,400 14.96 1.1% Proof
1938  6,402,400 1.10 1.35 2.13 2.19 2.19 4.26 34%
1938  0.3% Proof
1939  1,355,800 1.36 2.39 2.70 4.09 17%
1939  0.3% Proof
1940  7,914,400 1.07 1.02 1.35 1.52 2.43 4.87 4.33 44%
1940  0.4% Proof
1941  7,979,400 1.33 1.57 2.43 2.74 4.87 34%
1941  0.3% Proof
1942  4,144,000 2.07 2.67 4.33 5.33 27.05 18% Issued for Colonial use
1942  0.2% Proof
1943  1,379,200 3.74 4.56 9.25 10% Issued for Colonial use
1943  0.2% Proof
1944  2,005,500 4.00 54.44 6% Issued for Colonial use
1944  0.2% Proof
1945  371,000 0.7% Issue melted, only two known

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