A silver coin (16 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF.; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials H.P.
The reverse features three ears of wheat held by a curved ribbon. Around above, AUSTRALIA; around below divided into two by the stalks of the wheat, THREE PENCE, above, across the middle of the coin the date divided into two by the ears, 1951. The artist's initials tucked into the first and last folds in the ribbon K G.
The letters of the mint mark PL (abbreviated from "Percussa Londinio" in Latin, meaning "struck at London") for the Royal Mint London are tucked into the second and third folds in the ribbon. This was the first use of the mint mark PL for London since it was a part of the Roman Empire.
The Melbourne Mint coins of this year do not have a mint mark.