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Coin: Threepence 1951
Description

A silver coin (16 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF.; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials H.P.

The reverse features three ears of wheat held by a curved ribbon. Around above, AUSTRALIA; around below divided into two by the stalks of the wheat, THREE PENCE, above, across the middle of the coin the date divided into two by the ears, 1951. The artist's initials tucked into the first and last folds in the ribbon K G.

The letters of the mint mark PL (abbreviated from "Percussa Londinio" in Latin, meaning "struck at London") for the Royal Mint London are tucked into the second and third folds in the ribbon. This was the first use of the mint mark PL for London since it was a part of the Roman Empire.

The Melbourne Mint coins of this year do not have a mint mark.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value3 (x Penny) TypeThreepence - Stalks of Grain (50% silver)
Year1951 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage55,856,000 (55.9 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London Letters PL 40,000,000 (40.0 million)
Melbourne Mint No mint mark 15,856,000 (15.9 million)
Material0.500 Silver DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)16 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.4100
Obverse

Bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D :G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF. ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials H.P.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D :G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF.
Reverse

Three ears of wheat held by a curved ribbon. Around above, AUSTRALIA; around below divided into two by the stalks of the wheat, THREE PENCE, above, across the middle of the coin the date divided into two by the ears, 1951. The artist's initials tucked into the first and last folds in the ribbon K G.

The letters of the mint mark PL (abbreviated from "Percussa Londinio" in Latin, meaning "struck at London") for the Royal Mint London are tucked into the second and third folds in the ribbon. This was the first use of the mint mark PL for London since it was a part of the Roman Empire.

The Melbourne Mint coins of this year do not have a mint mark.

Reverse inscriptionAUSTRALIA 1951 THREE PENCE
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Threepence 1951: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Royal Mint London) unknown
Threepence 1951: Photos
Threepence 1951: Photo Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1951
Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1951
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Threepence 1951: Photo Proof Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1951
Proof Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1951
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof. Royal Mint London.
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Threepence 1951: Photo Proof Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1951
Proof Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1951
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof. Royal Mint London.
source
Threepence 1951: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 44
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesC41 (Melbourne Mint) and C42 (Royal Mint London)
Australian Coin ChartT39 (Melbourne Mint) and T40 (Royal Mint London)
Threepence 1951: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
The Standard Australian Coin Catalogue 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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Threepence 1951: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1951 George VI Australian Silver Threepence - Silveragecoins.com 1951PL George VI Australian Silver Threepence - Silveragecoins.com
Threepence 1951: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1951 (Melbourne Mint) Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Threepence, Australia, 1951 (Royal Mint London)
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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