Threepence, Tudor Rose, Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

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

The pre-decimal threepence (3d), usually simply known as a threepence or threepenny bit, was a unit of currency equalling one eightieth of a pound sterling, or three pence sterling. It was used in the United Kingdom, and earlier in Great Britain and England.

Maundy Threepence have been issued for centuries (they are still being struck today for ceremonial purposes), and initially the circulating threepence were identical in design. Starting in 1927, they were made different - first with a design featuring three oak sprigs then this one with a Tudor Rose, while the Maundy threepence continued with the traditional crowned numeral reverse.

The composition is 0.500 silver, with 0.0227 oz ASW (ounces of Absolute Silver Weight).

This type was only issued for King George VI, and only until 1945 (almost all the 1945 examples were subsequently melted down). A twelve-sided nickel brass threepence was also introduced in 1937; the two formats were issued in parallel until the brass version finally supplanted the silver threepence. 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 silver coins remained in circulation until "Decimal Day", 15 February 1971, and ceased to be legal tender after 31 August 1971. Unlike some of the larger denominations, they were not re-denominated to a decimal value when the decimal Pound Sterling was introduced.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Threepence, Tudor Rose - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, part of the legend (in Latin).

During the existence of this coin type, it was only issued for King George VI.

Obverse Inscription GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX
Reverse
United Kingdom / Threepence, Tudor Rose - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the Shield of St George lying on a Tudor rose, dividing the date: [year].

Above, the rest of the monarch's legend: FID: DEF: IND: IMP: (Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India). Below, the value and denomination THREE · PENCE.

Below the rose in small letters, the designer's initials K · G (for [George] Kruger Gray).

Reverse Inscription FID: DEF: IND: IMP: [year] THREE · PENCE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
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Threepence, Tudor 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
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size16.000 mm
Mass1.410 g