United Kingdom, 3 pence, 1943

And now… today’s coin!

United Kingdom, 3 pence, 1943 (KM #849)


Prior to 1937, the British threepence was a tiny silver coin half the size of our dime. With the enthronement of George VI, the Royal Mint also debuted the new brass threepence, which was used up until the retirement of pre-decimal currency in 1971. Mintage of this coin type peaked during WWII. Despite the thickness and heft of the coin, it was only worth 1/80th of a pound (USD $0.020 today).

Mintage: 101,702,000
Metal Nickel-brass
Weight 6.72 g
Diameter 21.65 mm
Thickness 2.55 mm
Engravers Thomas Hugh Paget (obverse)
Francis Madge Kitchener (reverse)
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment
Demonetized yes

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