Australia 1923 3 pence
This specimen was lot 70178 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it sold for $840. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. 3 Pence, 1923. NGC MS-62. Mintage of 815,000, one of the lowest for the type. Good strike and fully lustrous." The SCWC lists this type for 1911-36. This date, from the Melbourne mint, is scarce. Other mints include London (1911-15) and Sydney (1924-26). Australia maintained the sterling silver standard until 1945, years after Great Britain had debased her coins to .500 fine.
Recorded mintage: 815,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 1.41 g, .925 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-24.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.