Threepence (Australian)

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Reverse and obverse of threepence coin of 1958 (approximately actual size) Australian 1958 threepence.jpg
Reverse and obverse of threepence coin of 1958 (approximately actual size)
A 1942 Australian threepence (reverse) minted in San Francisco Threepence.jpg
A 1942 Australian threepence (reverse) minted in San Francisco

The Australian Threepence is a small silver coin used in the Commonwealth of Australia prior to decimalisation. It was minted from 1910 until 1964, excluding 1913, 1929–1933 inclusive, 1937, 1945 and 1946. After decimalisation on 14 February 1966, the coin was equivalent to 2½¢, but was rapidly withdrawn from circulation.

Decimalisation is the conversion of a system of currency or of weights and measures to units related by powers of 10.


During World War II, threepence production was supplemented by coinage produced by the United States Mint at the San Francisco and Denver mints. Coins minted at the San Francisco mint from 1942–1944 contain a small capital S on the reverse, while coins produced at the Denver mint from 1942–1943 have a small capital D on the reverse.

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United States Mint Produces circulating coinage for the United States

The United States Mint is a unit of the Department of Treasury responsible for producing coinage for the United States to conduct its trade and commerce, as well as controlling the movement of bullion. It does not produce paper money; that responsibility belongs to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The Mint was created in Philadelphia in 1792, and soon joined by other centers, whose coins were identified by their own mint marks. There are currently four active coin-producing mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point.


ImageYearsTechnical parametersDescription / Legend / Designer
1910191016 mm1.41 g92.5% silver, 7.5% copperPlain Edward VII
by George William de Saulles
Coat of arms of Australia
by W.H.J. Blakemore
19111936 George V
by Bertram Mackennal
19381944 George VI
by Thomas Hugh Paget
3 stalks of grain
by George Kruger Gray (K G under ribbon)
1947194850% silver, 40% copper, 5% nickel, 5% zinc
19491952 George VI
by Thomas Hugh Paget
19531954 Elizabeth II
by Mary Gillick
19551964 Elizabeth II
by Mary Gillick
These images are to scale at 2.5 pixels per millimetre. For table standards, see the coin specification table.


See also

The Australian Halfpenny was a coin used in the Commonwealth of Australia prior to decimalisation. The coin was first minted in 1911 and minting ceased in 1964, excluding 1937, 1956–1958 inclusive. When the Australian currency was decimalised on 14 February 1966 the coin was equal to ​512c.

Sixpence (Australian) coin minted in Australia until 1963

The Australian sixpence was a coin used in the Commonwealth of Australia prior to the decimalisation of the Australian currency in 1966. The pre-decimal sixpence was minted from 1910 until 1963, excluding the years 1913, 1915, 1929–33 inclusive, 1937, 1947 and 1949.

The Australian Shilling was a coin of the Commonwealth of Australia prior to decimalisation. The coin was minted from 1910 until 1963, excluding 1923, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1938, 1947, 1949 and 1951. After decimalisation on 14 February 1966, it was equal to 10c.

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