United Kingdom: Coin Type Threepence (George III) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Type Threepence (George III) (issued 1817 - 1820)
Coin TypeThreepence (George III)

There were two forms of threepence, the currency issue and a special piece for the Maundy Thursday ceremonies; both had the numeral 3 on the reverse but the Maundy issues have a proof-like finish. The threepence was first issued for circulation in Britain in 1845, earlier pieces were for Colonial use only. It proved more popular than the groat (fourpence) which was discontinued in favour of the threepence in 1856.

Composition: 0.925 silver (0.0420 oz ASW).

Obverse

Laureate head of King George III facing right; below, the date; around, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA.

Obverse InscriptionGEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA
Reverse

At centre a numeral 3 with a large crown above; around, REX FID DEF BRITANNIARUM the top of the crown divides the legend.

Reverse Inscription3 REX FID DEF BRITANNIARUM
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
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Threepence (George III): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofThreepence (Circulating)
From1817
To1820
Face Value3 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Material0.925 Silver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)
Mass (g)1.4100
Threepence (George III): Photos
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Coin - Threepence, George III, Great Britain, 1818
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Coin - Threepence, George III, Great Britain, 1818
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