Australia 1920-M 3 pence

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50304
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 50304 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "AUSTRALIA. 3 Pence, 1920-M. NGC AU-58." This type was struck at 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: 4,196,000 plus a few proofs.

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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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