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Change and Transformation

A three-coin set charts the evolution of the threepence

Before decimalisation the threepence was a staple of daily life. As the coin changed, so did the country. From the identity crisis of the interwar years, through renewed global conflict, to the second Elizabethan age and its new spirit of optimism, the story of the threepence, like that of Britain, is one of transformation.

This three-coin set follows its evolution during the middle of the twentieth century. Silver coins issued under George V and George VI are presented alongside their eventual replacement. With its unique 12-sided design, the brass threepence is one of Britain’s best-loved coins. Initial suspicion gave way to affection as the public took the coin to their hearts. Thanks to its unusual shape it was easy to find when fishing for change and it was the first coin to bear the portrait of Her Majesty The Queen.

Specification

The Threepence Through Change

Specification Value
Alloy .500 Silver
Weight 1.41g
Diameter 16.26mm
Reverse Designer George Kruger Gray
Obverse Designer Bertram Mackennal
Specification Value
Year 1927-1936
Pure Metal Type Silver

George VI Three pence

Specification Value
Alloy .500 Silver
Weight 1.41g
Diameter 16.26mm
Reverse Designer George Kruger Gray
Obverse Designer Humphrey Paget
Specification Value
Year 1937-1941
Pure Metal Type Silver

Elizabeth II Three Pence

Specification Value
Alloy Nickel Brass
Weight 6.80g
Diameter 21.74mm
Reverse Designer William Gardner
Obverse Designer Mary Gillick
Specification Value
Year 1967
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