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Coin: Threepence 1911
Description

A silver coin (16 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M.

The reverse features the Ensigns Armorial of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrant 7th May 1908 - composed of a simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath. Below on a ribbon the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed. Around above, THREEPENCE and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1911.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value3 (x Penny) TypeThreepence - Coat of Arms
Year1911 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage2,000,000 (2.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark 2,000,000 (2.0 million)
MaterialSterling silver (0.925) DesignerWilliam Henry James Blakemore
MonarchKing George V EffigyPortrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)16 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.4100
Obverse

Crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Reverse

At centre, simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath and on a ribbon at the base the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed; around above, THREEPENCE; below, between arrow heads, the date, 1911.

Reverse inscriptionTHREEPENCE 1911 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

The Australian Coin Chart 1966 lists mintage at 8,000,000. According to Museum Victoria Collections however (which inherited the archives of the Melbourne Mint and its correspondence with the Royal Mint in London), six million of the threepences minted in 1911 actually used the previous year's dies, so were dated 1910.

This is probably why Krause and Renniks 1965 lists mintage of 2,000,000 too - although they do not add the rest to the 1910 mintage.

Threepence 1911: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Matt proof (Milled Edge) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Threepence 1911: Photos
Threepence 1911: Photo Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1911
Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1911
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Threepence 1911: Photo Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1911
Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1911
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Threepence 1911: Photo Proof Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1911
Proof Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1911
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Threepence 1911: Photo Proof Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1911
Proof Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1911
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Notes: Proof (Milled Edge) variety.
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Threepence 1911: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 24
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesC2
The Standard Australian Coin CatalogueT2
Threepence 1911: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Mintage link Corrected mintage
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mintage
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Matt proof (Milled Edge)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins 1988 Varieties Proof
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Threepence 1911: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
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Threepence 1911: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1911 Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1911
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List of all (47) coins of type: Australia / Threepence
Threepence 1910 Threepence 1911 Threepence 1912 Threepence 1914 Threepence 1915 Threepence 1916
Threepence 1917 Threepence 1918 Threepence 1919 Threepence 1920 Threepence 1921 Threepence 1922
Threepence 1923 Threepence 1924 Threepence 1925 Threepence 1926 Threepence 1927 Threepence 1928
Threepence 1934 Threepence 1935 Threepence 1936 Threepence 1937 (pattern) Threepence 1938 Threepence 1939
Threepence 1940 Threepence 1941 Threepence 1942 Threepence 1943 Threepence 1944 Threepence 1947
Threepence 1948 Threepence 1949 Threepence 1950 Threepence 1951 Threepence 1952 Threepence 1953
Threepence 1954 Threepence 1955 Threepence 1956 Threepence 1957 Threepence 1958 Threepence 1959
Threepence 1960 Threepence 1961 Threepence 1962 Threepence 1963 Threepence 1964