Australia 1961 3 pence
This specimen was lot 1889 in Steve Album sale 16 (Santa Rosa, CA, May 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA: Elizabeth II, 1952-present, AR 3 pence, 1961, NGC graded Proof 65." The regular issue is common but the proofs are not. The type was struck in large quantities 1955-64 and was the last threepence struck in Australia. An earlier type, struck 1953-54, featured a slightly different obverse legend, "ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA." Sterling coinage ceased after 1964 and in 1966, the Australian dollar was introduced.
Recorded mintage: 33,840,000 plus 1,506 proofs.
Specification: 1.41 g, .500 fine silver, .0226 troy oz ASW, 16 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Mary Gillick and George Kruger-Gray.
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.
- Album, Stephen. Stephen Album Auction 16, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, 2013.