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King George VI 1937 Threepence Coin

King George VI 1937 Threepence Coin

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The King George VI Threepence coin, minted from 1937 to 1952, is a distinctive and historically significant piece of British coinage. This period covers the entirety of George VI's reign, encompassing World War II and the early post-war years. The threepence coin, also known as a "thrupenny bit," reflects both the era's economic conditions and the evolution of British currency design.

Design and Specifications

Obverse: The obverse of the coin features a left-facing portrait of King George VI, designed by Thomas Humphrey Paget. The inscription around the portrait reads "GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN


" until 1948, after which it was changed to "GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN

FIDEI DEF" following the independence of India in 1947.


Reverse: The reverse design, created by Frances Madge Kitchener, showcases a thrift plant with a seed head and leaves. This design was chosen to symbolize thrift and economy during a time when Britain was experiencing significant financial challenges. The inscription "THREE PENCE" and the year of minting are located around the design.


  • Composition: Nickel-brass (79% copper, 20% zinc, 1% nickel)
  • Shape: Dodecagonal (12-sided)
  • Diameter: 21 mm
  • Weight: 6.8 grams
  • Edge: Plain

Historical Context

The threepence coin during the reign of King George VI is particularly notable for its distinctive dodecagonal shape, introduced in 1937 to replace the smaller silver threepence coins. This change made the coin more robust and less likely to be confused with other denominations.

The period of George VI's reign was marked by significant events, including World War II and the subsequent recovery. The introduction of the nickel-brass threepence reflected the need for more durable and cost-effective coinage during times of economic strain.

Cultural and Collectible Significance

The King George VI threepence coins are cherished by collectors for their unique design and the historical period they represent. The dodecagonal shape and the thrift plant motif make them easily distinguishable from other British coins. Collectors often seek coins from specific years, especially those with lower mintages or in excellent condition.

These coins serve as a reminder of the resilience and resourcefulness of the British people during and after the war. The shift from silver to nickel-brass also marks a significant change in British coinage, reflecting broader economic realities.


The King George VI threepence coins are highly valued by numismatists. Coins from the early years of George VI’s reign, particularly those from 1937 and wartime years, are especially sought after. Well-preserved examples with clear details and minimal wear are prized, and the unique shape adds to their appeal.


The King George VI 1937-1952 Threepence coin stands out as a symbol of an era marked by challenge and change. Its distinctive design, historical context, and cultural significance make it an important piece for collectors and history enthusiasts. Owning one of these coins offers a tangible connection to the resilience and adaptability of Britain during the mid-20th century