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Coin: Threepence 1947
Description

The 3 pence denomination was not introduced in 1934 with other Fijian coins. In part this was for fear that this high denomination would be used in pricing rather than the penny or halfpenny. Later World War II forced delay and it was not until 1947 that the introduction was agreed to. The shape and alloy of the coin were the same as the British 3 pence coin but it is thinner and has a crowned portrait of the King. The reverse was designed by Reginald George James Berry of the New Zealand Numismatic Society (master tools modeled by Percy Metcalf).

The coins, though dated 1947 were struck in February 1948. A small number of Proof of Record pieces were struck for public collections.

CountryFiji CurrencyFijian Pound
Face value3 (x Penny) TypeThreepence
Year1947 CurrentNo (demonetised 1969)
Mintage450,000 (450000)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint London 450,000 (450000) No mint mark
MaterialNickel-Brass (Neusilber) DesignerReginald George James Berry
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapePolygon (Dodecagonal (12-sided))
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)6.1700
Obverse

Crowned head of the King facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR; the artist's initials PM, below bust truncation.

Obverse inscription GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Reverse

At centre between palm trees a Fijian bure (a local dwelling); around above FIJI 1947; around below, THREE PENCE.

Reverse inscription

FIJI 1947 THREE PENCE

Edge Edge inscription

Notes

Original information:
- 79th Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint, 1948, His Majesty's Stationary Office, London, 1950, p.4-5, 15

Threepence 1947: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof unknown
Threepence 1947: Photos
Threepence 1947: Photo Proof Coin - 3 Pence, Fiji, 1947
Proof Coin - 3 Pence, Fiji, 1947
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
source
Threepence 1947: Photo Proof Coin - 3 Pence, Fiji, 1947
Proof Coin - 3 Pence, Fiji, 1947
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
source
Threepence 1947: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsFiji KM# 15
Threepence 1947: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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Threepence 1947: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - 3 Pence, Fiji, 1947
List of all (12) coins of type: Fiji / Threepence
Threepence 1947 Threepence 1950 Threepence 1952 Threepence 1955 Threepence 1956 Threepence 1958
Threepence 1960 Threepence 1961 Threepence 1963 Threepence 1964 Threepence 1965 Threepence 1967