This George V Sterling Silver threepence was issued in 1914 just at the start of World War
One. Later, in 1920, they reduced the fineness of the silver used in our coinage from 925
(Sterling) to 500 fine or half silver.
This little ‘Joey’ as the threepence was known was the smallest silver coin issued at the
time for circulation. The coins have the bare head of the King on one side and a crowned ‘3’
on the other side. The coins are in Fine condition and are now 104 years old.
These Silver Threepences of King George V are struck in Sterling Silver and are
dated 1917 just before the end of the First World War. In 1920 they stopped using
Sterling Silver and reduced the silver content to just 50%.
The coins on offer are in Nice circulated condition, these are both very high grades
and remember the coins are struck in Sterling Silver. Supplies are limited and they
make an excellent type coin.
In 1919 the Royal Mint issued the last ever Sterling Silver Threepence for circulation. The next year,
1920, they reduced the silver content in our coins from 925 fine silver to 500 fine silver.
King George V was on the Throne and World War I was just over, the economy needed the extra
income from less silver in our coinage. We can offer the last ever Sterling Silver Threepence in Fine condition
for just £8.50. It shows what inflation does to our money, today there is no silver in our coins just
cupro-nickel and even the smallest coins are only copper plated steel.
In 1931 King George V was on the throne and the world was in the height of the
Great Depression. Our coins were struck in 500 fine silver and the lowest silver
denomination struck was the Threepence.
You have the bare head of the King on one side and three acorns on the other side.
The coins on offer are all dated 1931 and are in Fine condition. These coins are now
87 years old. They make a wonderful gift or you can use them in the Christmas pudding.
In either case, most people under a certain age will never have seen them. Get
them while you can.
It was the height of the Depression and Roosevelt had called a ‘Bank Holiday’ and closed all
the banks. He later declared it illegal for American citizens to own gold coins. The United
States and the world were in a terrible state.
Yet under King George V, this country still issued the Threepence in Silver. They were 500
fine Silver and the smallest coin struck in silver in this country. To make people happy the film
King Kong came out that same year.
The 1933 Silver Threepences we have on offer are in Fine condition and are now 85 years
old. If for nothing else, it reminds you that governments will try to forbid their citizens to own
gold coins, but not at Coincraft!