Threepence (Rose), Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Threepence (Rose), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1937 - 1945)
Coin TypeThreepence (Rose)

During the reign of King George VI, circulation silver threepences were produced only from 1937 through to 1945 (and almost all the 1945 examples were subsequently melted down). The obverse shows a left-facing effigy of the king with the inscription GEORGIVS VI D G BR OMN REX, while the reverse has an elegant design of a shield of St George lying on a Tudor rose, dividing the date, with the inscription FID DEF IND IMP THREE PENCE. The nickel-brass threepence took over the bulk of the production of the denomination, being produced in all years between 1937 and 1952 except 1947.

The Maundy coins continued the traditional numeral 3 reverse.

Composition: 0.500 silver (0.0227 oz ASW).

Obverse

Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, part of the the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX (George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains); below the neck truncation in small letters are the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).

Obverse InscriptionGEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX
Reverse

Shield of St George lying on a Tudor rose, dividing the date; above, the legend FID: DEF: IND: IMP:; below, the denomination THREE PENCE. Below the rose in small letters, designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Reverse InscriptionFID: DEF: IND: IMP: [year] THREE PENCE
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
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Threepence (Rose): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofThreepence (Circulating)
From1937
To1945
Face Value3 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Material0.500 Silver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)16
Mass (g)1.4100