2 obv, 2 rev
1911As well as the usual Hollow Neck/Flat Neck types found in almost all the 1911 coins, two reverses were used in this year, giving a potential for 4 varieties for 1911. One is tantalisingly unconfirmed by Davies. It's always worth keeping an eye out for unconfirmed Davies numbers - I have found a couple.
The easiest way to distinguish the two Reverses is a close examination of the leaves at the top of the left hand oak branch.
It can be difficult to tell the Flat Neck from the Hollow Neck on such a small coin, but luckily, there is a diagnostic pointing for the determination of the correct Obverse. I like using pointings because they are not wear dependent.
|Rev A: Centre leaf comes from between the two
||Rev B: Centre leaf comes from the
|Obv 1 - Hollow neck, I of BRITT points at a bead
|Obv 2 - Flat Neck, I of BRITT points between
Really quite scarce
||Obverse 1 - common Hollow Neck
||Obverse 2 - slightly scarcer Flat Neck
1912Obverse 2, Reverse B
1913Obverse 2, Reverse B
1914Part way through 1914, in common with the farthing, a slightly different Obverse design was introduced. Pointings are the easiest way to distinguish them.
|Obverse 2 - somewhat scarcer
|Obverse 3 - somewhat commoner
1915Obverse 3, Reverse B
1916Obverse 3, Reverse B
1918Obverse 3, Reverse C
1919Obverse 3, Reverse B
1920Ag 92.5%, Cu 7.5% OR
1921Ag 50%, Cu 40%, Ni 10% OR
1922Ag 50%, Cu 40%, Ni 10% OR
1925Ag 50%, Cu 50%
1926Ag 50%, Cu 50%
|First Head||Modified Head|
|Obverse 3 - First Head
|Obverse 4 - Modified Head
1927To mark the introduction of new reverse designs across the silver coinage, 15,000 limited edition Proof sets were issued in 1927.
1928From this point onwards, the alloy is Ag 50%, Cu 40% Ni 5%, Zn 5%, and the obverse and reverse designs remain unchanged.
19301928 and 1930 silver threepences are noticeably scarcer than their neighbours. No coins bearing the date 1929 were issued.