Mintage:1,913,500 Mint:Melbourne MintMonarch:George VReverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:17mmWeight:1.41gEdge:PlainComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
The 1916-M Threepence was the first of its series to be produced at the Melbourne Mint in Australia.
for the piece was 1,913,500 which was somewhat low but not to an extent that has created substantial scarcity. Collectors
seeking a mint-state example will be required to spend close to a
thousand dollars. Budget conscious collectors may find a 1917-M, 1918-M, and 1919-M piece a better choice.
Melbourne 'M' mint-mark on a 1916-M Threepence.
In late 1915 it was decided that the production of Australia's coinage would be shifted from Britain to Australia. New
dies from the Australian Shilling, Florin, Sixpence, and Threepence were produced in London for use at the Melbourne Mint with a small 'M' mint-mark. Arrangements were also made for Australia's bronze coinage to be struck
at the Royal Mint in Calcutta. The production of Silver Coinage at the Melbourne branch of the
Royal Mint began on the 12th of January 1916.
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