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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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1949 threepence value - United Kingdom

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What is a 1949 British three pence coin worth?

Values, images, and specifications for the 1949 threepence from the UK.

VG F VF EF aUnc Unc
£2 £6 £30 £165 £420 £525+

Values are in UK Pounds

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.

1949 United Kingdom threepence reverse

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1949 United Kingdom threepence obverse

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The obverse features the bare head of King

George VI facing left, with the legend:



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
Weight 6.8 grams
Diameter 21 mm
Comp nickel-brass
Minted London, England
Mintage approx. 464,000
Scarcity uncommon for period


Obverse Thomas Humphrey Paget
Reverse Frances Madge Kitchener

1949 United Kingdom

threepence specifications

1949 United Kingdom

threepence 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