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3 Pence - George VI incl. Colonial

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 1.95 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 848,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# 4085
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

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.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1937  8,148,100 0.89 0.89 1.34 1.94 2.97 2.97 36%
1937  4 0.4% Matte Proof
1937  26,400 9.99 1.3% Proof
1938  6,402,400 0.96 1.11 1.69 1.98 1.98 4.00 34%
1938  0.3% Proof
1939  1,355,800 1.36 2.12 3.33 17%
1939  0.4% Proof
1940  7,914,400 1.11 1.26 2.16 3.30 43%
1940  0.4% Proof
1941  7,979,400 1.08 1.39 2.10 2.10 4.06 34%
1941  0.4% Proof
1942  4,144,000 2.77 3.78 4.71 18% Issued for Colonial use
1942  0.2% Proof
1943  1,379,200 4.43 4.43 15.19 10% Issued for Colonial use
1943  0.20% Proof
1944  2,005,500 48.40 5% Issued for Colonial use
1944  0.3% Proof
1945  371,000 0.7% Issue melted, only one known

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