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1939 shilling value - Australia

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

'Uncirculated' grades.

What does this mean?

Read below for more info ...

1939 Australian shilling value

VG F VF EF aUnc Unc
$8 $9 $22

Values are in Australian Dollars

Further information on grading, condition, detractors, and

how to assess your coin can be found further down this page.



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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.

1939 Australian shilling reverse

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1939 Australian shilling obverse

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The obverse features the bare head of

King George VI facing left, with the

surrounding legend: 'GEORGIVS VI


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Monarch King George VI
Edge reeded
Weight 5.65 grams
Diameter 23.5 mm
Comp 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Minted Melbourne, Australia
Mintage approx. 1,520,000
Scarcity slightly harder for period


Obverse Thomas H. Paget
Reverse George Kruger Gray

1939 Australian

shilling specifications

1939 Australian

shilling design

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

first place.

Grading Terms

VG Very Good
F Fine
VF Very Fine
EF Extremely Fine
aUnc about Uncirculated
Unc Uncirculated