Sixpence, Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Sixpence, Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1816 - 1970)
Coin TypeSixpence

The pre-decimal sixpence (6d) was a unit of currency equalling one fortieth of a pound sterling, or six pence sterling. It was used in the United Kingdom, and earlier in Great Britain and England.

Prior to Decimal Day in 1971 there were 240 pence in one pound sterling. Twelve pence made a shilling, and twenty shillings made a pound. Values less than a pound were usually written in shillings and pence, e.g. 42 old pence would be three shillings and six pence (3/6), often pronounced "three and six". Values of less than a shilling were simply written in terms of pence, e.g. eight pence would be 8d.

The coin was made from silver from its introduction in 1551 to 1947 (first sterling until 1920, then debased to 50%), and thereafter in copper-nickel. The denomination went through many transformations of the reverse design during its existence (the obverse traditionally only shows the ruling monarch); it was finally abolished with the introduction of decimal currency.

Sixpences continued to be legal tender for a while after the currency became decimal in 1971, with a value of 2 1⁄2 new pence, until they were demonetised on 30th June 1980.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Sixpence - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend (in Latin).

During the existence of the denomination, sixpence coins were issued for:
- King George III (1816 - 1820)
- King George IV (1821 - 1829)
- King William IV (1831 - 1837)
- Queen Victoria (1838 - 1901)
- King Edward VII (1902 - 1910)
- King George V (1911 - 1936)
- King George VI (1937 - 1952)
- Queen Elizabeth II (1953 - 1970)

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse
United Kingdom / Sixpence - reverse photo

The reverse went through several transformations during the existence of the denomination.

The first design (1816 - 1820) shows the crowned and garnished shield bearing bearing the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom within the Garter of the Order of the Garter, with the motto HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE · inscribed on it, partly obscured by the crown. The value and denomination are not written on the coin.

The second design (1821 only) shows the crowned and garnished shield bearing bearing the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom, are surrounded by a rose, thistle and shamrock - the floral emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland respectively. Around below, separated by the rose, the date of issue ANNO 1821 (from Latin: Year 1821). The value and denomination are not written on the coin.

The third design (1824 - 1826) shows the crowned and shield bearing bearing the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom within the Garter of the Order of the Garter, with the motto HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE · inscribed on it. Around below, the date of issue ANNO [year]. The value and denomination are not written on the coin.

The fourth design (1826 - 1829) shows at its centre the Royal crest, depicting the Lion of England standing on St Edward's Crown. Below the crown, a rose, thistle and shamrock - the floral emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland respectively. The value and denomination are not written on the coin.

The fifth design (1831 - 1887) shows, within an open wreath of olive (left) and oak (right) branches, the value and denomination in words, on two lines: SIX PENCE. Above the value, St Edward's Crown. Below the ribbon tying the wreath, the date of issue: [year].

The sixth design (1887 only) again shows the crowned and garnished shield bearing bearing the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom within the Garter of the Order of the Garter, with the motto HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE · inscribed on it. Below, the date 1887. Due to its similarity with the half sovereign and the fact that the denomination was not written on it, the design was immediately withdrawn and replaced with the next type.

The seventh design (1887 - 1910) shows the denomination within an open wreath and under a crown; it is similar to the fifth design, with the most visible difference being the shape of the crown.

The eighth design (1911 - 1927) again features St Edward's Crown surmounted by the crowned Lion of England, similar to the fourth reverse. The date of issue [year] is within the central circle, divided by the crown. Around below, the denomination (as one word): SIXPENCE.

The ninth design (1927 - 1936) shows six intertwined sprigs of oak, ending with six acorns. Around above, interrupted by two of the acorns, the value and denomination · SIXPENCE ·. Around below, the date of issue · A · [year] · D ·

The tenth design (1937 - 1948) features the crowned royal cypher of King George VI, GRI for GEORGIVS REX IMPERATOR - "George King and Emperor" - dividing the date: [year].

The eleventh design (1948 - 1952) features an updated crowned royal cypher of King George VI, GR VI for GEORGIVS SEXTUS - "George the Sixth" - dividing the date: [year]. The change was made due to the Independence of India, after which the monarch had no claim to the title of Emperor of India.

The twelfth and final design (1953 - 1970) shows four interlinked plants: rose, thistle, shamrock and leek, each with a leaf from the same stem. These represent the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales respectively. Around below, the denomination as two words: SIX PENCE, followed by the date of issue · [year].

Reverse Inscription SIX PENCE [year]
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Various British colonies, dominions and dependencies also issued their own versions of the sixpence denomination, usually to be used in parallel with their Imperial counterpart and with compatible dimensions and composition but sometimes made deliberately different. For these, see:

- British West Africa, Sixpence - issued 1913 to 1952, demonetised 1968
- Australia, Sixpence - issued 1910 to 1963, withdrawn 1966 (not demonetised); replaced by compatible Five Cents - still being issued and current
- New Zealand, Sixpence - issued 1933 to 1965, demonetised 2006; replaced by compatible Five Cents issued 1967 to 2006, demonetised 2006
- Fiji, Sixpence - issued 1934 to 1967, demonetised 1969; replaced by compatible Five Cents issued 1969 to 2006, demonetised 2009
- New Guinea, Sixpence - with central hole, issued 1935 and 1943, demonetised 1966
- Nigeria, Sixpence - issued 1959 only, demonetised 1973

Coin Type: Sixpence - (151) Coins (Page 2 of 2)
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Sixpence 1919 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1919 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1919 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 13,375,447
Sixpence 1920 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1920 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1920 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 14,136,287
Sixpence 1921 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1921 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1921 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 30,339,741
Sixpence 1922 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1922 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1922 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 16,878,896
Sixpence 1923 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1923 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1923 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 6,382,793
Sixpence 1924 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1924 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1924 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 17,444,218
Sixpence 1925 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1925 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1925 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 12,720,558
Sixpence 1926 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1926 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1926 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 21,809,621
Sixpence 1927 Lion on Crown United Kingdom / Sixpence 1927 Lion on Crown - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1927 Lion on Crown - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 68,939,873
Sixpence 1927 Oak Leaves (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sixpence 1927 Oak Leaves (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1927 Oak Leaves (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 15,000
Sixpence 1928 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1928 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1928 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 23,123,384
Sixpence 1929 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1929 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1929 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 28,319,326
Sixpence 1930 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1930 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1930 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 16,990,289
Sixpence 1931 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1931 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1931 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 16,873,268
Sixpence 1932 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1932 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1932 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 9,406,117
Sixpence 1933 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1933 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1933 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 22,185,083
Sixpence 1934 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1934 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1934 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 9,304,009
Sixpence 1935 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1935 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1935 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 13,995,621
Sixpence 1936 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1936 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1936 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 24,380,171
Sixpence 1937 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1937 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1937 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 22,328,926
Sixpence 1938 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1938 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1938 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 13,402,701
Sixpence 1939 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1939 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1939 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 28,670,304
Sixpence 1940 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1940 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1940 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 20,875,196
Sixpence 1941 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1941 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1941 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 23,086,616
Sixpence 1942 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1942 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1942 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 44,942,785
Sixpence 1943 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1943 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1943 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 46,927,111
Sixpence 1944 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1944 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1944 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 37,952,600
Sixpence 1945 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1945 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1945 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 39,939,259
Sixpence 1946 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1946 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1946 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 43,466,407
Sixpence 1947 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1947 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1947 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 29,993,263
Sixpence 1948 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1948 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1948 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 88,323,540
Sixpence 1949 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1949 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1949 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 41,355,515
Sixpence 1950 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1950 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1950 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 32,759,468
Sixpence 1951 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1951 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1951 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 40,419,491
Sixpence 1952 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1952 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1952 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,013,477
Sixpence 1953 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1953 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1953 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 70,363,876
Sixpence 1954 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1954 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1954 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 105,241,150
Sixpence 1955 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1955 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1955 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 109,929,554
Sixpence 1956 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1956 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1956 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 109,841,555
Sixpence 1957 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1957 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1957 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 150,654,290
Sixpence 1958 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1958 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1958 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 123,518,527
Sixpence 1959 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1959 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1959 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 93,089,441
Sixpence 1960 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1960 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1960 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 103,288,346
Sixpence 1961 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1961 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1961 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 115,052,017
Sixpence 1962 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1962 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1962 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 178,359,637
Sixpence 1963 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1963 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1963 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 112,964,000
Sixpence 1964 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1964 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1964 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 152,336,000
Sixpence 1965 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1965 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1965 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 129,644,000
Sixpence 1966 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1966 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1966 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 175,696,000
Sixpence 1967 United Kingdom / Sixpence 1967 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1967 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 240,788,000
Sixpence 1970 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sixpence 1970 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sixpence 1970 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 750,476
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Sixpence: Photos
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Coin - Sixpence, George III, Great Britain, 1817
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Notes: George III (1816 - 1820).
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Coin - Sixpence, George IV, Great Britain, 1821
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Notes: George IV, First reverse (1821).
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Great Britain 1824 6 pence
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Notes: George IV, Second reverse (1824 - 1826).
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Coin - Sixpence, George IV, Great Britain, 1829
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Notes: George IV, Third reverse (1826 - 1829).
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Proof Coin - Sixpence, William IV, Great Britain, 1831
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Notes: First wreath design (1831 - 1887).
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Great Britain 1887 6 Pence
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Notes: Withdrawn type (1887).
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Great Britain 1906 6 pence
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Notes: Second wreath design (1887 - 1910).
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Great Britain 1911 6 pence
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Notes: Lion on Crown reverse (1911 - 1927).
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Proof Coin - Sixpence, George V, Great Britain, 1928
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Notes: Oak leaves reverse (1927 - 1936).
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Proof Coin - Sixpence, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Notes: King George VI, First design (1937 - 1948).
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Great Britain 1952 6 pence
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Notes: King George VI, Second design (1949 - 1952).
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Proof Coin - Sixpence, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1953
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1953 - 1970).
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Coin - Sixpence, George III, Great Britain, 1817
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Notes: King George III (1816 - 1820).
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Great Britain 1824 6 pence
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Notes: King George IV, Laureate head (1821 - 1826).
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Coin - Sixpence, George IV, Great Britain, 1829
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Notes: George IV, Bare head (1826 - 1829).
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Proof Coin - Sixpence, William IV, Great Britain, 1831
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Notes: King William IV (1831 - 1837).
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Coin - Sixpence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1838
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Notes: Queen Victoria, Young head (1838 - 1887).
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Great Britain 1887 6 Pence
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Notes: Queen Victoria, Jubilee head (1887 - 1893).
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Coin - Sixpence, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1900
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Notes: Queen Victoria, Veiled head (1893 - 1901).
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Great Britain 1906 6 pence
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Notes: King Edward VII (1902 - 1910).
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Great Britain 1911 6 pence
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Notes: King George V, first effigy (1911 - 1926).
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Proof Coin - Sixpence, George V, Great Britain, 1928
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Notes: King George V, modified effigy (1926 - 1936).
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Proof Coin - Sixpence, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Notes: King George VI (1937 - 1952).
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Proof Coin - Sixpence, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1953
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II BRITT OMN REGINA (1953).
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Coin - Sixpence, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1966
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II REGINA (1954 - 1970).
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