The Anniversary Edition ‘Thruppeny Bit’ marks 50 years since Britain went decimal!

The new release of Britain’s favourite coin rekindles fond memories of our pre-decimal past — a coin of yesterday updated for the 21st century

  • The only legal tender 3 ‘new pence’ coin ever issued 
  • Britain's best-loved coin now reissued for one year only 

  • Shaped just like its 12-sided pre-decimal predecessor

  • The reverse portcullis design echoes that of its pre-decimal heritage

  • Layered in pure 24-carat gold

  • Struck to the highest possible quality proof finish

  • The obverse features a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

  • Available exclusively from The Bradford Exchange

  • Strictly limited anniversary release — just 49,995 'Thruppenny Bit' coins will be issued.   

Orders limited to one coin per UK Household

Measures 22mm in diameter
£0.03

S&S: £3.99

Comes with the opportunity to collect as many of the remaining 6 coins as you wish, with no obligation or commitment, for just £39.95 + £3.99 delivery each. See "About the Collection" below.

Comes with 14-day approval and money-back guarantee | This offer is limited to one per UK household

Product Number:
426-CO360

50 Years ago when Britain went decimal the nation lost its favourite coin, the 12-sided Thrupenny Bit

On February 15th, 1971, Britain’s currency went decimal. Back then, it was referred to as ‘Decimal Day’ (D-Day for short). In a stroke, the shilling of twelve pence & the pound of twenty shillings were gone, replaced by a ‘new’ pound of exactly one hundred ‘new pence’. To welcome this change a brand new set of coins was minted, from the little halfpenny to the big 50p, but there was no room in this lineup for what had become the nation’s favourite coin — the chunky 12-sided brass ‘Thruppenny Bit’.  Still today, many people still say that the 3d is their favourite British coin, and now, to celebrate 50 years of decimalisation, it is making a return. 


To mark the 50th anniversary of the most significant change in British coinage — a very special coin has been issued. Reissued in fact! One that was last seen over 50 years ago — the 12-sided ‘Thruppenny Bit’

Reminiscent of the time when a packet of biscuits or a block of butter cost less than two shillings, and Britain had ‘never had it so good', this little coin connects us to our past and to happy memories. Whilst today’s coin sees the denomination change to ‘new pence’ to reflect our modern decimal age, the twelve sides, portcullis design & golden colour remain. It is a coin of yesterday updated for the 21st century.


The new edition ‘thruppenny bit’ is layered in pure gold and struck to the highest possible specifications

Shaped just like its pre-decimal forebear with traditional portcullis design and three-pence face value, this new anniversary edition is layered in pure 24-carat gold to achieve the traditional golden lustre, and has been struck to a PROOF finish — the highest quality possible.

Whilst the first 3d coins of Queen Elizabeth II's reign bore the youthful portrait by Mary Gillick, this new ‘Thruppenny Bit’ depicts the nation’s longest-reigning monarch as she appears today. What incredible changes the Queen and, indeed all of us, have witnessed since the threepence coin last jingled in our pockets!


Order today for just threepence + £3.99 p&p

Available exclusively from The Bradford Exchange and strictly limited to 49,999 coins, you may own the first-ever decimal ‘Thruppenny Bit’ for the face value of just 3p (plus £3.99 p&p*). All orders will receive a Certificate of Authenticity completely FREE of charge and the opportunity to collect the remaining six coins in ‘A Century in Coins: The Great British Threepence Set’ for just £39.95 (+£3.99 p&p) each; which will be sent on the Bradford Exchange 14-day home approval service, entirely without obligation. The set, which consists of 7 pieces in total, will take you on a journey of exploration through the history of one of the most fascinating British coins – the Threepence.  It has changed size, shape and designs many times over the past 100 years and eventually was phased out entirely from our nation’s coinage when Britain went decimal. Placed together these coins tell the story of the British threepence and with it, the 100-year history of our nation.

The Anniversary Edition ‘Thruppeny Bit’ 


Year of Issue 2021 - one year only 
Alloy Fully layered in 24-carat Gold
Quality Proof – the highest possible quality
Weight
Diameter 22 mm
Edge Part milled
Obverse Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Commonwealth coin designer Joel Iskowitz
Reverse

Features the special ‘one year only’ Portcullis design

Denomination Three Pence
Issuing Authority Tristan da Cunha, approved by Buckingham Palace
Edition Limit

49,995

Why do we offer a saving on the first coin in a set?

  • We believe this is the best way to introduce you to a collection and convince you that this is a collection not to be missed

  • By purchasing this first coin you will be guaranteed access to the remaining six coins in the ‘A Century in Coins: The Great British Threepence Set’.  

  • The set, which consists of 7 pieces in total, will take you on a journey of exploration through one of the most fascinating British coins – the Threepence.  It has changed size, shape and designs many times over the past 100 years and eventually was phased out entirely from our nation’s coinage when Britain went decimal. Placed together these coins tell the story of the British threepence and with it, the 100-year history of our nation since the first World War.

  • Each of the future coins will be sent to you to view entirely on approval and without obligation, at approximately 3-4 weekly intervals on The Bradford Exchange 14-day home approval service. 
  • You can relax knowing that you will be able to complete your set, easily and affordably, should you choose to do so. You're not at risk of an increase in the price on the remaining commemoratives in the set, nor will you miss out due to an edition sell-out.

  • For your convenience you do not need to order each coin separately – simply pay for the editions you choose to keep as and when you receive them, charged to the credit or debit card on which your order was placed.

  • You are under no obligation to purchase any of the remaining coins in the set, and you may cancel your collection at any time.

  • All orders are covered by Bradford Exchange's 14-day approval, no-quibble money-back guarantee.

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