Australia 1914 3 pence

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23034
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23034 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V Threepence 1914, MS64 PCGS, very scarce in this designation. The surfaces are original and toned in a mottled olive with a small dark spot at 2 o'clock on the obverse." This type was struck at the London mint 1911-15, at Heaton 1914-15 and the Melbourne mint 1916-36 tho not all dates bear mintmarks. This date is scarce but not the key. Australia maintained the sterling silver standard until 1945, years after Great Britain had debased her coins to .500 fine.

Recorded mintage: 2,300,000.

Specification: 1.41 g, .925 fine silver, 16 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 24.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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