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Coin type: Threepence (George III)
Description

There were two forms of threepence, the currency issue and a special piece for the Maundy Thursday ceremonies; both had the numeral 3 on the reverse but the Maundy issues have a proof-like finish. The threepence was first issued for circulation in Britain in 1845, earlier pieces were for Colonial use only. It proved more popular than the groat (fourpence) which was discontinued in favour of the threepence in 1856.

Composition: 0.925 silver (0.0420 oz ASW).

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofThreepence (Circulating) Sub-types
Face value3 (x Penny)
Years produced1817 - 1820 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Material0.925 Silver Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.4100
Obverse

Laureate head of King George III facing right; below, the date; around, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA.

Obverse inscription

GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA

Reverse

At centre a numeral 3 with a large crown above; around, REX FID DEF BRITANNIARUM the top of the crown divides the legend.

Reverse inscription

3 REX FID DEF BRITANNIARUM

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

List of 3 coins of type: Threepence (George III) from United Kingdom
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Threepence 1817 (Circulating) unknown King George III Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA [year]
Threepence 1818 (Circulating) unknown King George III Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA [year]
Threepence 1820 (Circulating) unknown King George III Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA [year]