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1951-PL Threepence

George VI

Australia

In 1951 the Royal mint London produced 40 million threepence for Australia distinguished from the 1951 Melbourne mint threepence by the mintmark PL, abbreviated from pecunia londīniī (money of London) or percussa londīniō (struck at London).

PL mintmark of the 1951 London threepence

The 1951-PL threepence by far the most common threepence of the Type II George VI series due to the large initial mintage and while the coin is always very well struck up, the surfaces are often bagged due to the rough shipping process from London to Australia. Consequently grades above MS64 can be quite scarce even though the coin is often given a Gem or FDC grading in Australia, microscopic hairlines typically result in a grading of around MS63 to MS64. Due to the coin being well struck up and the general unfamiliarity many collectors have with grading George VI Commonwealth coins, one must be extra careful in differentiating a dipped circulated piece with a mint state coin.

a facility that produces coinsA marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinThe number of coins struck of a particular designationSurface marks caused by impact from other coins during the handling process before the coin enters circulation
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