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Coin type: Threepence

After World War I, New Guinea was administered by Australia (with an interruption due to Japanese occupation during World War II) until the independence of Papua New Guinea in 1975.

Between 1929 and 1945, special coins were minted for the territory by the Melbourne Mint but Australian coinage circulated too. The coins had the same denominations as their British and Australian counterparts from half penny through to shilling (no larger denominations were issued) but feature a central hole.

CountryNew Guinea, Territory of CurrencyNew Guinean Pound
Sub-type of Sub-types
Face value3 (x Penny)
Years produced1935 - 1944 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)

Crown above central hole dividing the date; royal cypher below (GRI for Georgivs V / VI Rex Imperator - George V / VI King and Emperor).

The appearance of the cypher was slightly redesigned for George VI.

Obverse inscription[year] GRI

Square and four-pointed star device around central hole. Around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA and the denomination - "3 PENCE" in 1935 or "THREE PENCE" in 1944.

Reverse inscriptionTERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA 3 PENCE [year]
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Threepence: Photos

New Guinea 1944 3 Pence
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New Guinea 1944 3 Pence
Copyright: smarty_marty24
List of 2 coins of type: Threepence from New Guinea, Territory of
Threepence 1935 1,200,000 King George V 1935 GRI
Threepence 1944 496,000 King George VI 1944 GRI