Australia 1956 3 pence
This specimen was part of lot 30380 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), which sold for $960. The catalog description noted, "Elizabeth II 5-Piece Certified Proof Set 1956, 1) Penny - PR64 Red and Brown NGC; 2) 3 Pence - PR67 NGC; 3) 6 Pence - PR67 NGC, KM58; 4) Shilling - PR66 NGC, KM59; 5) Florin - PR66 NGC, KM60; A highly lustrous and pleasing group, mostly in the gem range save for the penny, which is about as close as one can get. An excellent group, with a mintage of just 1,500 sets." Australia debased the threepence from sterling to .500 fine in 1947. This type was minted only at Melbourne 1955-64 and is common, tho the proofs are rare.
Recorded mintage: 14,088,000 plus 1,500 proofs.
Specification: 1.41 g, .500 fine silver, 16 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 57.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.