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1956 Proof Threepence

Elizabeth II


The 1956 proof threepence, distinguishable from the specimen in having a full mirror finish as opposed to the semi-brilliant finish of the specimen strike is the more common of the two strike types. 1007 pieces were struck making it still relatively scarce though many collectors collect the specimen alongside it giving it a total mintage of 1511.

1956 proof threepence

Obverse of the 1956 proof threepence

1956 specimen threepence

Obverse of the 1956 specimen threepence

It is interesting to note the differences in the strike depth with some loss of details on the obverse of the specimen strike, particularly on the Queen's hair. It is interesting to note that unlike the 1955, the Melbourne mint was unable to reproduce the details fully on the specimen strikes.

The heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinA state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationA marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinA coin struck from an early circulation die state, not intended for circulationA coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulation

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