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Coin type: Sixpence George III
Description

This sixpence type was struck between 1816 and 1820 and features the bust of George III, by then subject to the regency of his son the Prince of Wales. Its design is the same as the shilling coin issued at the same time; they only differ by their size and weight (the sixpence is exactly half the weight of the shilling).

Composition: 0.925 silver (0.0841 oz ASW).

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofSixpence Sub-types
Face value6 (x Penny)
Years produced1816 - 1820 CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Material0.925 Silver Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.8276
Obverse

Laureate head of King George III facing right; around, GEOR : III D : G : BRITT : REX F : D :; below, the date.

Obverse inscriptionGEOR : III D : G : BRITT : REX F : D : [year]
Reverse

Crowned and garnished shield bearing royal Arms within the Garter with motto HONI SOIT Q MAL Y PENSE.

"Honi soit qui mal y pense" is an Anglo-Norman maxim which means "Shame on whosoever would think badly of it," or "May he be shamed who thinks badly of it". Its literal translation from Old French is "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it."

Reverse inscriptionHONI SOIT Q MAL Y PENSE
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Sixpence George III: Photos

Coin - Sixpence, George III, Great Britain, 1817
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Coin - Sixpence, George III, Great Britain, 1817
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List of 5 coins of type: Sixpence George III from United Kingdom
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Sixpence 1816 unknown King George III Small Head GEOR : III D : G : BRITT : REX F : D : 1816
Sixpence 1817 10,921,680 King George III Small Head GEOR : III D : G : BRITT : REX F : D : 1817
Sixpence 1818 4,284,720 King George III Small Head GEOR : III D : G : BRITT : REX F : D : 1818
Sixpence 1819 4,712,400 King George III Small Head GEOR : III D : G : BRITT : REX F : D : 1819
Sixpence 1820 1,488,960 King George III Small Head GEOR : III D : G : BRITT : REX F : D : 1820