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Australian Threepence

1942 Melbourne Silver Threepence

Sterling Silver

This is a very hard date to obtain in high grade, the coins struck at the US Mints are quite common in high grades, this Melbourne issue (no mint mark) is difficult in almost any grade.
This is the last year until 1947 that threepence were struck in Australia. Perhaps the large numbers struck by the US mints during WWII had created an excess and none were required by the Reserve Bank of Australia until 1947.


Collectors should consider acquiring most of the King George VI series in Choice Uncirculated or better coins, these are still affordable with the greatest possible upside.
The George VI obverse is very difficult to grade, the rounded features, lower relief and the large variation to the degree in which this design is struck all add up to quite a challenge.
When looking at the Thomas Paget obverse the points to look at are:
  • The definition in the King's hair,
  • The King's cheek,
  • The top of the ear and at the top of the brow
  • Overall lustre, the fields, denticles and rim condition,
  • A weak strike shows in lack of definition of the hair, eye, mouth and nose.


Composition: .925 silver
.075 copper
Silver Content: 0.0419 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 1.41 grams
Size: 16.0 mm
Obverse: Thomas H Paget
Reverse: George Kruger Gray