UK: QEII brass threepence

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UK 3d 1970-.jpg

UK 3d 1970.jpg

UK, 3 pence, 1970.  N# 71.

Images are from eBay.

This coins is dated 1970, so it must be a proof issue. Numista gives the years of this coin (without "BRITT.OMN" in the legend) as 1954 to 1970. However, it is my understanding that it was last minted for circulation in 1967.

The portcullis on the reverse represents Parliament, and in particular the House of Commons.

The first decimal series, whose reverse designs were the work of Christopher Ironside, used a different design of the portcullis on the reverse of the 1 penny coin.
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This is part of the 1970 set, misleadingly called proof set. Proofs have shiny fields and matte raised parts. The coins in this set are shiny all over, because the flans were polished, but not the dies. The photo attached is another coin of the same set. The accepted terms for such strikes are prooflike (Franklin Mint), mint state (Europe) or uncirculated (old fashioned collectors). I believe, but are not sure, the UK mint is no longer claiming such coins are proofs.

Phony proof.jpg

The site is quite common, selling for £10-15, so a date collector may have wanted to break it up and sell the others. The 3d you show, like all of its sisters, was not in circulation, but has suffered somewhat from unsuitable packaging.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.