The 1949 threepence obverse features the bare head of King George VI facing left, with the surrounding legend:
‘GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX FIDEI DEF.’
The reverse shows a sheaf of wheat with three stems tied in a ribbon. The date and the words ‘THREE PENCE’ are split to either side of the stems. Above the design is the word ‘AUSTRALIA’.