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Coin: Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type
Description

In 1887 a new type of sixpence coin was issued, partly to mark the 50th year of Queen Victoria's reign. It had the "Jubilee" effigy and a Shield reverse. Except for the weight and the obverse legend these were similar to gold half sovereigns (both coins displayed no denomination, unlike the earlier sixpence coins). The design, which was adapted from the shilling of George IV used from 1823 to 1825, was virtually identical to the new shilling coins issued in the same year but the shillings were larger in diameter and had double the weight.

Some people were quick to take advantage of the resemblance and started gilding the sixpences in order to pass them as half sovereigns. The coins were withdrawn as a result, so the type is now known as the "Withdrawn Sixpence". A new issue later in the same year reverted to the old wreath reverse, slightly modified (most notably, featuring a new crown).

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value6 (x Penny) TypeWithdrawn Sixpence
Year1887 CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Mintage3,675,607 (3.7 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 3,675,607 (3.7 million)
Material0.925 Silver Designer
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.8276
Obverse

Bust of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing the small 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.

Reverse inscription

HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE 1887

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

Mintage includes all three types of sixpence coins issued in 1887 - the first wreath design, this one (the "withdrawn" type) and the one which became the regular type later, the second wreath design.

Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Error R/V in VICTORIA unknown
JEB on truncation of Queen's neck unknown
Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type: Photos
Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type: Photo Great Britain 1887 6 Pence
Great Britain 1887 6 Pence
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Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type: Photo Great Britain 1887 6 Pence
Great Britain 1887 6 Pence
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Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type: Photo Coin - Sixpence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Coin - Sixpence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type: Photo Coin - Sixpence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Coin - Sixpence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 759
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3928
Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Error R/V, JEB
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 History
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Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Sixpence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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