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Australia Elizabeth II

1953 Proof Threepence reverse 1953 Proof Threepence obverse

1953 Proof Threepence

Mint:Melbourne Mint Monarch:Elizabeth II Reverse Designer:George Kruger Gray Obverse Designer:Mary Gillick Size:17mm Weight:1.41g Edge:Plain Composition:50% Silver
40% Copper
5% Nickel
5% Zinc


Sales History


The wheat stalks design continued into this type, while after the coronation of Elizabeth II in late 1952 the obverse design changed to the bust of Elizabeth II facing to the right with the legend, ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA (Elizabeth II, by the grace of god, queen), designed by Mary Gillick. This legend was only used in 1953 and 1954, then was altered due to public outcry over the omission of FIDEI DEF (defender of the faith).Both dates are relatively difficult to find in mint state, though the good strikes of both dates do permit higher grades. That being said, the 1954 is by far the scarcer year especially if sought in top grades. Both issues were struck from the Melbourne mint and no mint marks were used.

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