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Coin type: Withdrawn Sixpence
Description

Struck as part of a new coinage in gold and silver to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, 1837-1887. The coins all shared a new 'Jubilee' obverse of the Queen by Boehm, adapted from his own Jubilee medal. The new obverse proved unpopular but was used until 1893.

The reverse is adapted from the shilling of George IV used from 1823 to 1825 but on this denomination the coin was so close to the gold half-sovereign in size and design that it led to wide spread frauds by gilding this coin type and passing it as a half-sovereign. Production of the shield reverse sixpence was quickly stopped and was replace in the same year by a new coin with the words SIX PENCE within a wreath on the reverse with the new Jubilee obverse.

Composition: 0.925 silver (0.0841 oz ASW).

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofSixpence Sub-types
Face value6 (x Penny)
Year produced1887 CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Material0.925 Silver Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.8276
Obverse

Bust of Queen Victoria facing left the small wearing imperial crown, long veil falling behind her head, pearl necklace and earring, Ribbon and Star of the Garter and the badge of the Imperial Order of India; in small raised letters on the bust truncation, the artist's initials J.E.B. (Joseph Edgar Boehm); around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:

Obverse inscription

VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:

Reverse

Within the Garter, crowned square shield quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3); motto on Garter, HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE; below, divided by the base of the Garter, 1887.

"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 inscription

HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE 1887

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Withdrawn Sixpence: Photos

Coin - Sixpence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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Coin - Sixpence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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List of 1 coins of type: Withdrawn Sixpence from United Kingdom
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type 3,675,607 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D: