Threepence 1927 (Circulating, proof only), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Threepence 1927 (Circulating, proof only), Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1971)
CoinThreepence 1927 (Circulating, proof only)

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 - this new design featuring three oak sprigs was developed for the circulating coins, while the Maundy threepence continued with the traditional crowned numeral reverse.

This type was only issued for King George V. A new reverse featuring a Tudor rose was introduced for King George IV. Threepence coins issued in 1927 circulated for 44 years 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.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,022
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Threepence 1927 (Circulating, proof only) - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the bare (uncrowned) head of King George V facing left.

Below, on the neck truncation in small letters, are the designer's initials B.M. (for [Sir Edgar] Bertram Mackennal )

Around, the monarch's legend: GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:. Translated from Latin: George the Fifth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India.

Spink describes the effigy as: "Fourth Coinage. As before [1926 and earlier] but modified effigy, with details of head more clearly defined. The BM on truncation is nearer to the back of the neck and without stops, beading is more pronounced".

Obverse Inscription GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Reverse
United Kingdom / Threepence 1927 (Circulating, proof only) - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin features, within a beaded border, three sprigs of oak - intertwined and ending with three acorns.

In the centre, there is a tiny letter G.

Around above, divided by one of the acorns, the value and denomination: THREE · · PENCE ·; around below, the date of issue: · 1927 ·.

Reverse Inscription THREE PENCE · 1927 ·
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Threepence 1927 (Circulating, proof only): Known varieties
Variety Matte proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

According to Spink, "of highest rarity". According to Krause, "there are reportedly 3 or 4 known of this variety, struck specifically for use in photographs".

Threepence 1927 (Circulating, proof only): References to Information Used
Showing 100 from a total of 143 coins of type: Threepence, Circulating
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Threepence 1817 (Circulating) unknown King George III - Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Threepence 1818 (Circulating) unknown King George III - Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Threepence 1820 (Circulating) unknown King George III - Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1820
Threepence 1834 (Circulating) 401,016 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Threepence 1835 (Circulating) 491,040 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Threepence 1836 (Circulating) 411,840 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Threepence 1837 (Circulating) 42,768 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Threepence 1838 (Circulating) 1,203,840 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1839 (Circulating) 570,240 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1840 (Circulating) 633,600 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1841 (Circulating) 443,520 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1842 (Circulating) 2,027,520 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1843 (Circulating) 2,027,520 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1844 (Circulating) 1,045,400 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1845 (Circulating) 1,319,200 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1846 (Circulating) 52,008 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1849 (Circulating) 131,208 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1850 (Circulating) 954,889 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1851 (Circulating) 483,553 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1852 (Circulating) unknown Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1853 (Circulating) 36,168 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1854 (Circulating) 1,471,734 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1855 (Circulating) 387,838 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1856 (Circulating) 1,018,248 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1857 (Circulating) 1,766,718 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1858 (Circulating) 1,445,928 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1859 (Circulating) 3,584,328 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1860 (Circulating) 3,410,088 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1861 (Circulating) 3,299,208 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1862 (Circulating) 1,160,808 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1863 (Circulating) 954,488 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1864 (Circulating) 1,335,048 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1865 (Circulating) 1,746,888 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1866 (Circulating) 1,905,288 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1867 (Circulating) 717,288 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1868 (Circulating) 1,461,768 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1869 (Circulating) unknown Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1870 (Circulating) 1,287,796 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1871 (Circulating) 1,004,121 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1872 (Circulating) 1,297,759 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1873 (Circulating) 4,060,038 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1874 (Circulating) 4,431,519 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1875 (Circulating) 3,310,988 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1876 (Circulating) 1,838,877 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1877 (Circulating) 2,626,881 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1878 (Circulating) 2,424,463 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1879 (Circulating) 3,144,753 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1880 (Circulating) 1,614,557 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1881 (Circulating) 3,252,753 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1882 (Circulating) 447,453 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1883 (Circulating) 4,374,459 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1884 (Circulating) 3,326,912 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1885 (Circulating) 5,188,141 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1886 (Circulating) 6,157,157 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1887 (Circulating, Young Head) 2,785,249 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1887 (Circulating, Jubilee Head) 2,785,249 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1888 (Circulating) 522,678 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1889 (Circulating) 4,591,498 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1890 (Circulating) 4,470,322 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1891 (Circulating) 6,327,515 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1892 (Circulating) 2,582,714 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1893 (Circulating, Jubilee head) 3,076,269 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
Threepence 1893 (Circulating, Veiled head) 3,076,269 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Threepence 1894 (Circulating) 1,617,579 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Threepence 1895 (Circulating) 4,797,585 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Threepence 1896 (Circulating) 4,607,418 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Threepence 1897 (Circulating) 4,550,270 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Threepence 1898 (Circulating) 4,576,153 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Threepence 1899 (Circulating) 6,253,257 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Threepence 1900 (Circulating) 10,661,874 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Threepence 1901 (Circulating) 6,099,821 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Threepence 1902 (Circulating) 8,302,060 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
Threepence 1903 (Circulating) 5,234,864 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
Threepence 1904 (Circulating) 3,627,360 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
Threepence 1905 (Circulating) 3,563,365 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
Threepence 1906 (Circulating) 3,173,707 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
Threepence 1907 (Circulating) 4,841,420 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
Threepence 1908 (Circulating) 8,175,934 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
Threepence 1909 (Circulating) 4,054,559 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
Threepence 1910 (Circulating) 4,564,820 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
Threepence 1911 (Circulating) 5,849,076 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1912 (Circulating) 8,934,071 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1913 (Circulating) 7,144,470 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1914 (Circulating) 6,734,566 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1915 (Circulating) 5,451,910 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1916 (Circulating) 18,556,329 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1917 (Circulating) 21,663,727 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1918 (Circulating) 20,632,284 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1919 (Circulating) 16,846,445 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1920 (Circulating) 16,704,996 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1921 (Circulating) 8,750,687 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1922 (Circulating) 7,981,371 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1925 (Circulating) 3,733,297 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1926 (Circulating) 4,109,144 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1927 (Circulating, proof only) 15,022 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1928 (Circulating) 1,302,106 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1930 (Circulating) 1,319,412 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1931 (Circulating) 6,251,936 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1932 (Circulating) 5,887,325 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Threepence 1933 (Circulating) 5,578,541 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
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Threepence 1927 (Circulating, proof only): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeThreepence, Oak Sprigs
Issued1927
MonarchKing George V
EffigyKing George V - Bare Head, by Bertram Mackennal
Face Value3 (x Penny)
Total Mintage15,022
CurrentNo; demonetised 1971
Material0.500 Silver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Mass1.410 g
OCC IDYAPV-ZEYR-CNWM-OLMD
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