New Zealand 1951 3 pence

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 30400
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30400 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,527.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George VI Proof 3 Pence 1951 PR66 NGC. An extremely rare offering in proof, this tiny but impressive example features all-over glossy surfaces with iridescent blue highlights." New Zealand did not receive her own coinage until 1933, British coins being used heretofore. Issue of pennies and half pennies did not begin until 1940. This is a common issue, struck 1948-52 but the proofs are rare. In 1948 the obverse legend was revised to "KING GEORGE THE SIXTH." The denomination was terminated upon decimalization in 1965-66.

Recorded mintage: 3,600,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 1.41 g, copper-nickel, 16.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 15.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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