What is a 1939 Australian shilling coin worth?
Values, images, and specifications for the 1939 shilling from Australia.
At retail, the 1939 Australian
shilling value is estimated
at around $8 in 'Very Good',
to over $350 in
What does this mean?
Read below for more info ...
1939 Australian shilling value
Values are in Australian Dollars
Based on European Grading System
Further information on grading, condition, detractors, and
how to assess your coin can be found further down this page.
The 1939 Australian shilling reverse shows
a merino ram, a tribute to the wool industry.
Either side are stars, and above is the word
Below is the word 'SHILLING', and the date.
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The obverse features the bare head of
King George VI facing left, with the
surrounding legend: 'GEORGIVS VI
images courtesy of TDK APDC
|Monarch||King George VI
|Comp||92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
|Scarcity||slightly harder for period
|Obverse||Thomas H. Paget
|Reverse||George Kruger Gray
More on coin grade and condition
Grading is not the end of the story.
Some coins will be dropped, knocked, scratched, buried, soaked, abused,
modified, cleaned, submitted to the elements, or otherwise under-loved.
Any negative impacts, such as a scratch, bump, discolouration, verdigris,
indications of cleaning, etc, would be considered 'detractors', which
significantly, (negatively), impact value.
Further, grading is subjective.
If a person or company expresses a grade, it is less a 'fact', and more an
opinion based on their experience.
So yes, you can assess a coin using a guide to help evaluate grade, and
therefore what it might be worth to someone else, however keep in mind
that it is an opinion.
Experienced collectors will have their own opinion of a coin's grade, as will
dealers, and there are even professional third party grading companies that
will assess, grade, and 'slab' a coin to certify their opinion of grade.
(for a nominal fee).
A final note.
Values provided here are estimates only of what a professional dealer might
sell a coin for in a particular grade, with no detractors. They are intended to
be used as 'indication only'.
What you might expect to get for it as a layman is probably closer to an auction
price, which in most cases, would effectively be a dealer's wholesale price.
Perhaps 25% to 30%, up to maybe 70% or 80% of the estimated values,
if you are patient and have someone who wants your coin. You may do better
if you have something particularly sought after.
If you are conservative in your mindset, you are less likely to be disappointed.
Good luck, and happy collecting!
Coins have historically been made from
relatively soft metals.
Over time, through circulation, coins wear and lose
detail, particularly in the higher areas of the design.
At it's simplest, 'grade' refers to the level of detail
remaining, compared to what was there in the