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Proof Coin - Threepence, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33025

Summary:
Australia
Threepence 1953
Proof or specimen strike
Mint: Melbourne

This was the first issue of this denomination in the name of Elizabeth II. Reference to her role as Defender of the Faith (F:D: or FIDEI DEF:) in the obverse legend was omitted but after extensive complaint in Australia it was returned on the standard coinage from 1955 (it was first used on the commemorative florin for the Royal visit in 1954). Specimens (sometimes called proofs) were only made for official purposes this year, they were not available directly to collectors.
Description:
A silver coin (16 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA. The reverse features three ears of wheat held by a curved ribbon. Around above, AUSTRALIA; around below devided into two by the stalks of the wheat, THREE PENCE, above, across the middle of the coin the date devided into two by the ears, 1953. The artist's initials tucked into the first and last folds in the ribbon K G.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 16 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.43 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Weighed on electronic scales

More information

Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), HM Queen Elizabeth II (1926- ), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1953 AD
Denomination: Threepence
Obverse Description: Laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right, around, ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA +
The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA.
Reverse Description: Three ears of wheat held by a curved ribbon. Around above, AUSTRALIA; around below devided into two by the stalks of the wheat, THREE PENCE, above, across the middle of the coin the date devided into two by the ears, 1953. The artist's initials tucked into the first and last folds in the ribbon K G.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA M.G.
Reverse: THREE PENCE 1953 AUSTRALIA K G
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM Queen Elizabeth II, Australia, 1953
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Mary Gillick

The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA.
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Pearce, Murray. 1987. Royal Titles and Australian Coins: the "Defender of the Faith" Controvercy of 1953. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 3: 12-17.

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