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Coin: Threepence 1937 (pattern)

The 1937 Threepence coin was a pattern which was never released. It is thought that about 15 coins exist; most of them are uniface, with the word "model" stamped on the obverse. The one example which has both sides struck carries the new George VI obverse. It is thought that all the others had the effigy and legend of Edward VIII, which were then machined off to make the coins uniface.

IAG Sale Catalogue (pdf) of 19 October 2013 says about it:
"Pattern Threepence 1937. Struck with both sides and unique as such. Struck in Australia with the master tools at the Royal Mint branch in Melbourne. Found in circulation in 1966 by a Tasmanian family, it comes with a Royal Mint letter dated May 2006 certifying authenticity. Original old tone and surfaces. Ex Sotheby’s, London, and found in Tasmania in 1966 in change. The only example known of this coin in private hands, and a unique opportunity to procure a coin that will complete the only known full Commonwealth Date set in Private hands. Of the highest rarity."

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value3 (x Penny) TypeThreepence - Stalks of Grain (Sterling silver)
Year1937 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage15 (15) RarityR5 (9 to 14 examples known)
NameMint markMintage
Melbourne Mint None 15 (15)
MaterialSterling silver (0.925) DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)16 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.4100

Most of these coins are uniface. The one which is not displays the bare head of King George VI facing left; around, the the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP. (George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); below the neck truncation in small letters are the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.

Three ears of wheat held by a curved ribbon. Around above, AUSTRALIA; around below, divided into two by the stalks of the wheat, the denomination THREE PENCE; above, across the middle of the coin the date 1937 divided into two by the ears. The artist's initials KG (for [George] Kruger Gray) are tucked, divided, into the first and last bends in the ribbon.

Reverse inscriptionAUSTRALIA 1937 THREE PENCE
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Threepence 1937 (pattern): Known varieties
Uniface (reverse only) unknown (included in main number)
Threepence 1937 (pattern): References to Information Used
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties
American Bullion Inc. - Free Gold Guide
American Bullion Inc. - Free Gold Guide
List of all (47) coins of type: Australia / Threepence
Threepence 1910 Threepence 1911 Threepence 1912 Threepence 1914 Threepence 1915 Threepence 1916
Threepence 1917 Threepence 1918 Threepence 1919 Threepence 1920 Threepence 1921 Threepence 1922
Threepence 1923 Threepence 1924 Threepence 1925 Threepence 1926 Threepence 1927 Threepence 1928
Threepence 1934 Threepence 1935 Threepence 1936 Threepence 1937 (pattern) Threepence 1938 Threepence 1939
Threepence 1940 Threepence 1941 Threepence 1942 Threepence 1943 Threepence 1944 Threepence 1947
Threepence 1948 Threepence 1949 Threepence 1950 Threepence 1951 Threepence 1952 Threepence 1953
Threepence 1954 Threepence 1955 Threepence 1956 Threepence 1957 Threepence 1958 Threepence 1959
Threepence 1960 Threepence 1961 Threepence 1962 Threepence 1963 Threepence 1964