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3 Pence - George VI

Features

Country South Africa
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1937-1947
Value 3 Pence = 1/4 Shilling = 1/80 Pound (1/80)
Currency Pound (1825-1961)
Composition Silver (.800)
Weight 1.414 g
Diameter 16.3 mm
Thickness 0.99 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 03-31-1961
References KM# 26,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Hern# S136-146
Hern's Handbook on South African Coins and Patterns
by Brian Hern
(JD Numismatic Corporation)

Obverse

Portrait of George VI, King of United Kingdom, Great Britain, Northern Ireland and other dominions of Commonwealth from 1936 to 1952

Lettering:
GEORGIVS VI REX IMPERATOR
HP

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

A Protea, a flower native to South Africa, surrounded with 3 lines

Lettering:
SOUTH·AFRICA·1937·SUID·AFRIKA
K G
3D.

Engraver: George Kruger Gray

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

Edge

Smooth

Comments

The 1945 coins are also found with a bouble date 1945/3.  There are also the 1945/3 with a die crack.
Both these coins are listed in older catalogues of South African coins

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1937  3,576,175 0.69 1.11 2.24 18% Hern#S136
1937  116 0.5% Hern#S136; Proof
1938  2,394,345 1.47 11% Hern#S137
1938  44 0.4% Hern#S137; Proof
1939  3,223,710 1.47 2.54 16% Hern#S138
1939  30 0.4% Hern#S138; Proof
1940  4,886,545 1.92 1.92 22% Hern#S139
1941  8,967,591 1.07 1.63 2.24 34% Hern#S140
1942  8,055,784 2.84 3.32 29% Hern#S141
1943  14,828,046 0.94 2.11 3.34 37% Hern#S142
1943  104 0.6% Hern#S142; Proof
1944  3,331,170 1.99 10% Hern#S143
1944  150 0.3% Hern#S143; Proof
1945  1.1% Hern#S114 overdate
1945  4,094,624 1.52 18% Hern#S144
1945  150 0.4% Hern#S144; Proof
1946  2,218,805 1.73 11% Hern#S145
1946  150 0.3% Hern#S145; Proof
1947  1,130,093 7% Hern#S146
1947  2,600 0.9% Hern#S146; Proof

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