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!
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.
This King George V Threepence is dated 1916, issued during World War One and most
importantly is struck in Sterling Silver. Our coinage would be struck in Sterling Silver for
just 3 more years.
The coins are in Fine condition and have the bare head portrait of the King on one side
and a crowned ‘3’ on the other side. A nice coin to add to your collection and it is 102 years
The brass threepence was first issued under King George VI and there are a number
of difficult or Scarce dates. 1950 is one of those. It was issued after the end
of World War II and towards the end of the King’s reign.
The coins are in Fine condition and if you know someone born in 1950 this coin
would make an excellent gift. The bare head of the King on one side and the thrift
plant on the other side.
In 1938 our Prime Minister Chamberlain met with Hitler, a lot good that did us. The Bren
Light Machine Gun entered the British Army, now did us a lot of good. The Beano was first
put on sale and that gave all of us a laugh.
Our King was George VI, who had been on the throne for only about a year. The smallest
silver coin struck for circulation was the Silver Threepence, even though at the same time a
brass threepence was actually being struck as well.
We can offer this George VI 1938 Silver Threepence in Fine condition and it is a date that
is not all that easy to find.
The old silver threepence was last made in the reign of King George VI, the last date was 1944. But as this is the holiday season I have made up a special little purse of George V & George VI Silver Threepences.
You will get two King George V Silver Threepences dated between 1920-1936 and one King George VI Silver Threepence dated between 1937-1944. The three silver coins will come in an elaborate purse with a zipper in it, so the coins won’t fall out. You can use them yourself, or they make excellent Holiday gifts for young and old alike. We love that they go into the Christmas Pudding.