Mintage:3,808,500 Figure shared with: Three legged emu 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 1917-M Threepence was the second of its series to be produced at the Melbourne
Mint in Australia. The total
for the piece was 3,808,500 which quite typical for the series. Collectors will find this a quite affordable year with
mint-state examples obtainable in the low hundreds. In higher mint-states
the year can be become very valuable but remains more affordable than similar grades in most earlier years.
Melbourne 'M' mint-mark on a 1917-M threepence.
In late 1917 it was decided that the production of Australia's coinage would be shifted from Britain to Australia. New
dies for 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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