GEORGE VI - THREE PENCE PIECE - 3d - 1944
THIS IS A WONDERFUL COIN FOR THE COLLECTOR WANTING TO START OR EXPAND A COLLECTION
"DE-CLUTTER BUG" HAS A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF 3d BRASS COINS SO IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ONE PIECE, OR MORE, TO COMPLETE OR ADD TO A COLLECTION PLEASE ASK.
"I GREW UP WITH THESE COINS - THEY FELT GOOD - EASILY IDENTIFIABLE AND I COULD BUY AN ICE CREAM CORNET FOR A THREE PENCE PIECE!"
DODECAGON OR 12-SIDED COINS ARE VERY POPULAR AND WERE PIONEERED BY BRITAIN FOR THE NICKEL-BRASS 3 PENCE OF EDWARD VIII (1936) AND SUBSEQUENT COINS OF THIS VALUE UNTIL 1967.
In 1937 a new brass three pence was introduced using an alloy of 79% copper, 20% zinc and 1% nickel. It was 12 sided to make it more distinguishable to the touch, and weighed 6.8g. It measures 21mm across between the flat edges, almost exactly the same as later used for the Canadian 5c.
The 12-sided design and thickness made the coin easy to identify, and it became very popular - the silver three pence being considered too small, a lesson not learnt when it came to introducing the present small five pence piece.
At first the coins had sharp corners, but during 1941 a more rounded collar was used, as failure of the collars was occurring too frequently. In 1948, and from 1950, sharp edged collars were used again.
No coins were minted in 1947, and the mintages of 1946 and 1949 are particularly low; uncirculated examples of these two dates are worth about £150 each.
From 1949 the obverse legend was modified to remove the IND IMP.
Code MA841/2 (6 3d COIN)