New Zealand 1935 3 pence

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 22364
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 22364 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,120. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V Proof Threepence 1935, Proof 66 PCGS, a superb example of this key date with pristine mirror surfaces and appealing silvery-gray toning." New Zealand used sterling coinage until her conversion to decimal coinage in 1967 (the same year as Great Britain and Australia). This type was struck 1933-36 of which this is the scarcest date. The reverse depicts Maori war clubs.

Recorded mintage: 40,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 1.41 g, .500 fine silver, 16.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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