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Coin: Threepence 1953
Description

A silver coin (16 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA.

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, 1953. The artist's initials tucked into the first and last folds in the ribbon K G.

This was the first issue of this denomination in the name of Elizabeth II. Reference to her role as Defender of the Faith (F:D: or FIDEI DEF:) in the obverse legend was omitted but after extensive complaint in Australia it was returned on the standard coinage from 1955 (it was first used on the commemorative florin for the Royal visit in 1954).

Specimens (sometimes called proofs) were only made for official purposes this year, they were not available directly to collectors.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value3 (x Penny) TypeThreepence - Stalks of Grain (50% silver)
Year1953 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage7,664,000 (7.7 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Melbourne Mint No mint mark 7,664,000 (7.7 million)
Material0.500 Silver DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)16 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.4100
Obverse

Laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right, around, ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA + The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA.

Obverse inscription + ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA
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, 1953. The artist's initials tucked into the first and last folds in the ribbon K G.

Reverse inscription

AUSTRALIA 1953 THREE PENCE

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Threepence 1953: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Threepence 1953: Photos
Threepence 1953: Photo Australia 1953 3 pence
Australia 1953 3 pence
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Notes: Proof.
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Threepence 1953: Photo Australia 1953 3 pence
Australia 1953 3 pence
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Notes: Proof.
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Threepence 1953: Photo Proof Coin - Threepence, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953
Proof Coin - Threepence, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953
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Notes: Proof.
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Threepence 1953: Photo Proof Coin - Threepence, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953
Proof Coin - Threepence, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
source
Threepence 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 51
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesC44
Australian Coin ChartT42
Threepence 1953: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
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Threepence 1953: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1953(m) Elizabeth II Australian Silver Threepence - Silveragecoins.com
Threepence 1953: Some useful external links
Australia 1953 3 pence - CoinFactsWiki Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Threepence, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953
List of all (47) coins of type: Australia / Threepence
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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