British Threepence 1899 ReverseDuring the reign of Queen Victoria, threepences were produced both for maundy use and for normal circulation in all years between 1838 and 1901 except 1847, 1848, and 1852, probably because of the possible introduction of a decimal currency at the time. The 3d at 1/80th of a pound would not have fitted within a decimal system. 
Currency silver threepences from 1838 to 1926 were of identical design and cannot usually be distinguished except in the best conditions when the higher striking standard of the maundy coins stand out; this resulted in the curious legal anomaly that when the currency was decimalised in 1971 all silver threepences from 1870 onwards were revalued at three new pence, not just the maundy coins. Threepences were produced with both the "young head" (1838–87) and "Jubilee head" (1887–93). Those produced with the “young head” are inscribed VICTORIA D G BRITANNIAR REGINA F D, while those produced with the "old head" (1893–1901) are inscribed VICTORIA DEI GRA BRITT REGINA FID DEF IND IMP.
Circulation Value 180th of a pound sterling
Mass 1.4 to 1.5 gram
Diameter 16.2 mm
Edge Plain
Material 1816 to 1919 – 92.5% Silver
1920 to 1944 – 50.0% Silver
British Threepence 1899 Obverse
Queen Victoria “old head”
British Threepence 1899 Reverse
Victoria Threepence 1899