The 1949 Threepence is the first year bearing the Type II
In 1947 Royal assent was given to the 'Indian Independence Act' which dissolved British India and created the two independent
dominions of India and Pakistan. This was a major first step to India becoming an independent republic. As a result of this
process the British Monarch George VI lost the title 'Emperor of India' which had been held by his line since Queen Victoria
acquired the title in 1877. Coins issued by the Royal Mint featured the Latin version of the title 'Indiae Imperator' in
an abbreviated form 'IND. IMP' within the obverse legend. These coins were modified with Australian coins from 1949 onward
featuring a new
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