Those are two patus, a weapon and pounding club used by the M?ori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, on the reverse side of this three pence coin. The obverse, or 'heads' side, has the British ruling monarch, since New Zealand is a parliamentary state of Great Britain.
These coins were minted in 50% pure silver between 1933 and 1946. After that it was non-precious copper-nickel.
The coin in our picture is in beautiful uncirculated condition, and CoinQuest thanks SivesaCoins, a respected eBay seller, for use of the photo. It's a beauty!
Here is what the coin catalogs say about NZ 3 pence minted from 1933 to 1965:
worn: less than $1 US dollar catalog value
average circulated: $1 catalog value
well preserved before 1947: $5
well preserved after 1946: $2.50
fully uncirculated before 1943: $50
fully uncirculated after 1942: $10
These are catalog values and must be properly interpreted to derive actual buy and sell values. For this interpretation, please view our Important Terminology page.
There are a few dates that break away from the general value pattern outlined above. These are:
1935: catalog value $200 in well preserved condition
1941: $10 in well preserved condition