3rd September 1939.
George VI - Silver threepence. Obverse - Bust of George VI. Reverse - Shield on Rose.
During World War II two pence would buy a pint of rationed milk. Three pence would buy 1lb of oatmeal and for five pence you could buy a packet of cornflakes.
Britain Declares War - In 1939 Britain had declared war on Germany. By July 1940 Britain had found itself alone in this war after France and Germany had signed an armistice. During the summer and autumn of 1940 the Battle of Britain took place, followed by The Blitz (the bombing of Britain's cities, industrial centres and ports). The Blitz began on September 7th, 1940, with a heavy daylight raid on London, followed by a night raid. Daylight raids continued up to October 5th. Throughout the war, King George VI's role was to act as a figurehead, keeping up the morale of his armies and people. He made several morale boosting visits to his troops abroad during the war.
Front Image - A newspaper seller carries a hoarding pronouncing the declaration of war between Britain and Germany, on the Strand in London.