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Detailed information about coin type: Threepence from New Zealand:

Coin type: Threepence
Description

Initially, British and Australian coins circulated in New Zealand. The devaluation of the New Zealand pound relative to sterling in the 1930s led to the issue of distinct New Zealand coins in 1933, in denominations of 3d, 6d, 1s, 2s (the florin) and 2½s (the half-crown), minted in 50% silver until 1946 and in cupro-nickel from 1947. In 1940, bronze ½d and 1d coins were introduced. All these denominations were the same size and weight as their equivalents in the Australian and UK coinage (although Australia never minted the half-crown). When the UK introduced the nickel-brass twelve sided threepenny bit, New Zealand continued to use the smaller silver coin until decimalisation in 1967.

The specifications for the coin were (in measurement units of the time):
Diameter of Coin: 0.642 inches
Standard Weight: 21.81818 grains
Remedy Allowance (margin of error in weight): 0.212 grains

The composition of the metal was:
1933-1946: 50% silver, 40% copper, 5% nickel and 5% zinc
1947-1965: 75% copper and 25% nickel.

In regards to statistics, it has to be noted that the mintage figures provided by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand include, in some cases (like the 1953 mintages), the proof issue of the year while in most other cases they do not.

According to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the total mintage of the denomination during its existence was 129,207,364 (129 mln).

Counting the (few) known proof mintages, the total mintage adds up to 129,232,634 (138 mln).

Of them, 43,400,604 (43 mln) were silver and 85,832,030 (86 mln) were cupronickel.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Sub-type of Sub-types Threepence (Silver)
Threepence (CuproNickel)
Face value3 (x Penny)
Years produced1933 - 1965 CurrentNo (demonetised 1967)
Material DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)16.2600 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.4138
Obverse

Effigy of the monarch, legend.

During the existence of the denomination, ruling monarchs for whom threepence coins were minted were King George V, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. No coins were minted for King Edward VIII during his short reign.

After the Independence of India in 1947, the title "Emperor" was dropped from the legend of King George VI.

Obverse inscription
Reverse

Two carved patu (Maori weapons) crossed with lanyards or throngs attached, between their blades, the value and denomination 3d (abbreviation for "three pence"); above, NEW ZEALAND; below, the date.

The artist's initials KG (Kruger Gray) were omitted from the reverse of the threepence until the 1937 issue when they were placed below the centre of the crossed weapons.

Reverse inscriptionNEW ZEALAND 3d [year]
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Pepping, Robert. 2017. New Zealand History Coined. Wellington, New Zealand. pp 97-109.

Threepence: Photos

Coin - 3 Pence, New Zealand, 1933
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Two carved patu reverse, no designer's initials (1933 - 1936).
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Proof Coin - 3 Pence, New Zealand, 1937
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Two carved patu reverse, K.G designer's initials (1937 - 1965).
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Coin - 3 Pence, New Zealand, 1933
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George V (1933 - 1936).
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Proof Coin - 3 Pence, New Zealand, 1937
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George VI, Emperor (1937 - 1947).
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Coin - 3 Pence, New Zealand, 1948
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: King George VI (1948 - 1952).
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Proof Coin - 3 Pence, New Zealand, 1953
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1953 - 1965).
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List of 31 coins of type: Threepence from New Zealand
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Threepence 1933 6,000,020 King George V Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1934 6,000,020 King George V Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1935 40,364 King George V Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1936 2,760,000 King George V Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1937 2,880,200 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1939 3,000,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1940 2,000,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1941 1,760,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1942 3,120,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1943 4,400,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1944 2,840,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1945 2,520,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1946 6,080,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1947 6,400,020 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Threepence 1948 4,000,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Threepence 1950 800,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Threepence 1951 3,600,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Threepence 1952 8,000,000 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Threepence 1953 4,007,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1954 4,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1955 4,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1956 4,800,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1957 8,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1958 4,800,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1959 4,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1960 4,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1961 4,800,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1962 6,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1963 4,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1964 6,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence 1965 4,225,010 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Threepence: Some useful external links
Wikipedia: New Zealand Pound Coins New Zealand > NZ Pre Decimal coins (1933 to 1965) > Threepence