A silver coin (16 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F:D: The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA.
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, 1959. The artist's initials tucked into the first and last folds in the ribbon K G.
||Mintage||19,889,508 (19.9 million)
Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (the effigy by Mary Gillick known as the "First portrait"); the designer's initials, M.G., appear incuse on the base of the neck truncation. The monarch's legend ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : + (Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith) runs continuously all around the bust.
||ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : +
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 1959 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.
||AUSTRALIA 1959 THREE PENCE