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Any value beyond scrap for pre 1947 British currency.


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Hi all. Before my grandad passed away recently he gave me a couple of kilos of pre 1947 coins he collected from when he worked on the busses back when they were still in circulation. 

I know it has 50% silver content, but other than that I don't know much else.

Basically is there any value beyond scrap?

Thanks for reading


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Condition is sometimes better than rarity.

Dates like 1905 for silver may have a higher value beyond its silver content worth.

Gothic florins have increased alot in recent years, but again depends on the amount of wear.

Maybe take a few photographs of batches of them and share with the forum?


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Sounds like  something different to do on an evening. I will do that next week and share some of the best ones on the thread. 

Appreciate the input. Look forward to your opinions.

Thanks Shaun 


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This website is useful for checking which dates are more valuable for each denomination:

Assuming all the coins are 1920-1946 (50% silver) the only dates you really need to look for are 1923 (sixpence only), 1924, 1925, 1926, 1930 (halfcrown only), 1932 (florin only).

Pre-1920 is sterling silver, so worth more as scrap.  But check if you have any 1891 or 1892 florins, 1903, 1904 or 1905 halfcrowns, or 1905 shillings and florins.   If you have anything earlier than Jubilee Head Victoria (pre 1887), check to see how scarce it is before you scrap it.


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accuracy on 50% silver last date, added 1905 florin
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The 1935 rocking horse crown is fairly collectible too. They’re selling for around £20-23 on eBay at the moment. Might be worth looking to see if you’ve got any of those in the bag. 

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