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Australia Edward VII

1910  Threepence reverse 1910  Threepence obverse

1910 Threepence

An additional 6,000,000 pieces were minted in 1911 bearing the date 1910
Mint:London Mint Monarch:Edward VII Reverse Designer:W. H. J. Blakemore Obverse Designer:George W. De Saules Size:17mm Weight:1.41g Edge:Plain Composition:92.5% Silver
7.5% Copper


Sales History


The threepence series started in 1910 in the last year of Edward VII's reign and was struck at the Royal Mint in London. The reverse features the Coat of Arms with ADVANCE AUSTRALIA across the scroll, THREEPENCE up the top and the year of issue down the bottom. The obverse features King Edward VII facing to the right with the legend, EDWARDVS VII D : G : BRITT : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP ( Edward VII, by the grace of god, ruler and king of Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India ).

The 1910 is one of the most common threepence, much more common than any George V issue. This is due in part to its high initial mintage, over 8 million, a necessarily high figure in order to meet the coinage demand of the nation, but also due to the fact that the design is different; Lasting just one year, the 1910 threepence's unique design ensured that many were hoarded. Consequently the coin is very common in mint state and an easy slot to fill for the type set collector. The coin is usually quite well struck up though some strike weakness is often found on the obverse, in particular around the center of the design.The strike weakness tends to only affect the obverse indicating that it is due to the uneven weight distribution of the design rather than die wear or filling.

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