Great Britain 1937 3 pence KM-849

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21238
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21238 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,150. The catalog description[1] noted, "George VI Matte Proof Brass Threepence 1937, Matte PR 62 NGC, tawny surfaces showing the finely granular Matte texture unique to this experimental issue, listed in the SCBC as 'of highest rarity,' and in fact related to the great rarity pattern of this type made for Edward VIII the previous year (but dated the same as this, 1937). Too bad these were not made for collectors along with the brilliant version, for in Matte format this coin has an odd but quite appealing appearance." First appearance in our auctions!" This type was struck 1937-48 in substantial quantities and all dates are common except the 1946. The brass threepence was introduced in 1937 and struck concurrently with silver threepence until 1944. The denomination was terminated in 1970.

Recorded mintage: 45,708,000 plus 26,000 proofs plus a few matte proofs.

Specification: 6.8 g, nickel-brass.

Catalog reference: S.4112, KM 844.


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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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