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Australia George V

1935 Specimen Threepence reverse 1935 Specimen Threepence obverse

1935 Specimen Threepence

Mintage:Unknown Mint:Melbourne Mint Monarch:George V Reverse Designer:W. H. J. Blakemore Obverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennel Size:17mm Weight:1.41g Edge:Plain Composition:92.5% Silver
7.5% Copper


Sales History


The 1935 specimen threepence is a proof of record striking by the Melbourne mint. Contrary to popular belief, no commercial proof threepence were produced that year due to a lack of demand of the 1934 silver proofs (Verheyen, T, V, 2009) . Proof dies were however produced with intention to strike commercial proofs but none actually eventuated. These dies were eventually used to produce the 1935 specimen strikes on normal circulation planchets. Business strikes were also struck from these dies leading to a number of semi proof-like circulation coins with are indistinguishable from the genuine specimen. One should take extra care to observe the provenance of 1935 specimen strikes before committing to any purchases.

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