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Coin: Threepence 1887 (Circulating, Jubilee Head)

To commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria a new obverse by Boehm was introduced in 1887 on the gold and silver coins. The design did not prove popular but remained in use until 1893.

There were two forms of threepence, the currency issue like this piece (with a duller surface), and a special piece for the Maundy Thursday ceremonies - both with numeral 3 on the reverse but the Maundy issues have a proof-like finish.

Apart from the surface quality, they are indistinguishable. For the purpose of completeness though, the Maundy coins are listed separately in the Non Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) section.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value3 (x Penny) TypeThreepence (Second Design, Sterling)
Year1887 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage2,785,249 (2.8 million)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 2,785,249 (2.8 million)
Material0.925 Silver Designer
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)16 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.4100

Bust of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing the small imperial crown, long veil falling behind her head, pearl necklace and earring, Ribbon and Star of the Garter and the badge of the Imperial Order of India; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:.


Within an open oak wreath and below a crown, the numeral 3 dividing the date 1887.

Reverse inscription

3 1887

EdgePlain Edge inscription



Mintage includes the Young Head coins issued in the same year.

Threepence 1887 (Circulating, Jubilee Head): Known varieties
Proof unknown
Threepence 1887 (Circulating, Jubilee Head): Photos
Threepence 1887 (Circulating, Jubilee Head): Photo Coin - Threepence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Coin - Threepence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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Threepence 1887 (Circulating, Jubilee Head): Photo Coin - Threepence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Coin - Threepence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Threepence 1887 (Circulating, Jubilee Head): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 758
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3931
Threepence 1887 (Circulating, Jubilee Head): References to Information Used
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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Threepence 1887 (Circulating, Jubilee Head): Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Threepence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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