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Coin: Sixpence 1947
Description

At the end of World War II the price of silver, which had been 24 pence an ounce in 1939, rose to 55.5 pence (the London controlled price) apparently with none available. The free suppliers' price at the time was 70 pence and even there supplies were very limited. In addition the UK government was under obligation to repay in kind 88,000,000 ounces to the USA obtained during the War. It was therefore decided to abandon silver for circulating coinage and substitute a cupro-nickel alloy. The first coins made with the new alloy were struck in 1947.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value6 (x Penny) TypeSixpence George VI (First Design, Cupronickel)
Year1947 CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Mintage29,993,263 (30.0 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint 29,993,263 (30.0 million) No mint mark
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.8300
Obverse

Bare head of King George VI facing left; below neck in small letters, HP (for Thomas Humphrey Paget); around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX
Reverse

Crowned royal cypher GRI (for GEORGIVS REX IMPERATOR - George King and Emperor) dividing the date 1947; around above, FID: DEF: IND: IMP:; around below, SIXPENCE. Below the monogram in small letters, designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Reverse inscription

FID: DEF: IND: IMP: 1947 SIXPENCE

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Sixpence 1947: Known varieties
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Sixpence 1947: Photos
Sixpence 1947: Photo Proof Coin - Sixpence, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
Proof Coin - Sixpence, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Sixpence 1947: Photo Proof Coin - Sixpence, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
Proof Coin - Sixpence, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Sixpence 1947: Photo Great Britain 1947 6 pence
Great Britain 1947 6 pence
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Sixpence 1947: Photo Great Britain 1947 6 pence
Great Britain 1947 6 pence
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Sixpence 1947: Photo Coin - Sixpence, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Sixpence 1947: Photo Coin - Sixpence, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Sixpence 1947: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 862
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4105
Sixpence 1947: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
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Sixpence 1947: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - Sixpence, George VI, Great Britain, 1947 Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Sixpence, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
Great Britain 1947 6 pence - CoinFactsWiki
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