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Coin: Threepence 1944

After World War I, New Guinea was administered by Australia (with an interruption due to Japanese occupation during World War II) until the independence of Papua New Guinea in 1975.

Between 1929 and 1945, special coins were minted for the territory by the Melbourne Mint but Australian coinage circulated too. The coins had the same denominations as their British and Australian counterparts from half penny through to shilling (no larger denominations were issued) but feature a central hole.

CountryNew Guinea, Territory of CurrencyNew Guinean Pound
Face value3 (x Penny) TypeThreepence
Year1944 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage496,000 (496000)
NameMintageMint mark
Melbourne Mint 496,000 (496000) No mint mark
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI Effigy
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)

Crown above central hole dividing the date 1935; royal cypher below (GRI for Georgivs VI Rex Imperator - George VI King and Emperor).

Obverse inscription 1944 GRI

Square and four-pointed star device around central hole. Around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA THREE PENCE 1944.

Reverse inscription


EdgePlain Edge inscription



Krause catalogues list mintage of 500,000.

Threepence 1944: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Guinea KM# 10
Australian Coin ChartNGT2
Threepence 1944: References to Information Used
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
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Threepence 1944: Some useful external links
3 Pence - George VI - New Guinea - Numista
List of all (2) coins of type: New Guinea, Territory of / Threepence
Threepence 1935 Threepence 1944