The 1949 'United Kingdom'
threepence value depends on
its state of wear, condition,
desirability, demand, and
availability in that relative
state of preservation.
Our guide below shows retail
estimates based on grade.
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What is a 1949 British three pence coin worth?
Values, images, and specifications for the 1949 threepence from the UK.
Values are in UK Pounds
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 1949 United Kingdom threepence
reverse shows a blossoming thrift plant,
with three blooms.
Around the main design are the words
'THREE PENCE', and below is the date.
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The obverse features the bare head of King
George VI facing left, with the legend:
'GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX
images courtesy of anonymous contributor
Change to obverse legend, reflecting India's
independence from the United Kingdom.
|Monarch||King George VI
|Edge||12 sided - plain edge|
|Scarcity||uncommon for period
|Obverse||Thomas Humphrey Paget
|Reverse||Frances Madge Kitchener
1949 United Kingdom
1949 United Kingdom
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