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May 21 2018 12:44 EST

1944 S Australia Threepence Silver Coin

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The threepence switched over to the Kruger Gray reverse in 1937 though no circulation coins were issued until 1938 and continued with the design until 1952. The design features a wheat stalks with ‘AUSTRALIA’ around the top of the design, ‘THREEPENCE’ around the bottom and the year in the middle split on either side of the wheat stalks. The obverse features an uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left and the legend, ‘GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP’ (‘George VI, by the grace of god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India’) and was used up until 1948 then changed because of the independence of India.

Date set collectors will have no problems completing the series with the key dates, the 1942, 1942-S and 1943-S being readily available in lower grades though the 1942 tends to command reasonably strong prices. In mint state, type set collectors would find best value in the 1938, 1942-D, 1943-D and 1944-S threepence.

Threepence in this series were struck at the Melbourne, Denver and San Francisco mints with the latter two mints identifiable by a ‘D’ or ‘S’ mintmark respectively underneath the second two digits of the date.

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