Sixpence, Lion on Crown, Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Sixpence, Lion on Crown, Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1911 - 1927)
Coin TypeSixpence, Lion on Crown

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.

The denomination had undergone several earlier changes: the King George III sixpence (1816 - 1820), King George IV first issue (1821 only), King George IV second issue (1824 - 1826), King George IV third issue (1826 - 1829), the first "wreath" type (1831 - 1887), a brief withdrawn version featuring the Coat of Arms and then a second "wreath" type (1887 - 1910).

This design, featuring the English lion on top of St Edwards Crown, was introduced at the beginning of the reign of King George V in 1911 - bringing it in line with the shilling which carried the "lion on crown" design since 1902, and was issued until 1927.

The composition was Sterling Silver (0.925) with 0.0841 oz ASW (ounce of Absolute Silver Weight) until 1920 when it was debased to 50% (0.0452 oz ASW) together with the rest of the silver coinage. 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, Lion on Crown - obverse photo

Within a beaded border, the obverse of the coin shows the bare (uncrowned) head of King George V facing left.

Below, on the neck truncation in small letters, are the designer's initials B.M. (for [Sir Edgar] Bertram Mackennal )

Around, part of the the monarch's legend: GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX. Translated from Latin: George the Fifth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains. The rest of the legend is on the reverse.

Obverse Inscription GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Reverse
United Kingdom / Sixpence, Lion on Crown - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows St Edward's Crown surmounted by the crowned Lion of England. Named after Saint Edward the Confessor, the crown has been traditionally used to crown English and British monarchs at their coronations since the 13th century (with a two-century gap between 1689 and 1911). The lion is walking to left, its head turned to face the viewer.

The date of issue [year] is within the central circle, divided by the crown.

Within a beaded border, around above is the continuation of the monarch's legend: FID: DEF: IND: IMP: (abbreviated from FIDEI DEFENSOR INDIAE IMPERATOR - Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India).

Around below, the denomination (as one word): SIXPENCE.

Reverse Inscription FID: DEF: IND: IMP: [year] SIXPENCE
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Coin Type: Sixpence, Lion on Crown - (17) Coins
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Sixpence 1911 9,161,317 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1912 10,984,129 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1913 7,499,833 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1914 22,714,602 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1915 15,694,597 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1916 22,207,178 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1917 7,725,475 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1918 27,558,743 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1919 13,375,447 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1920 14,136,287 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1921 30,339,741 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1922 16,878,896 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1923 6,382,793 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1924 17,444,218 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1925 12,720,558 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1926 21,809,621 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Sixpence 1927 Lion on Crown 68,939,873 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
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Sixpence, Lion on Crown: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofSixpence
From1911
To1927
Face Value6 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1980)
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerGeorge William de Saulles
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.300 mm
Thickness1.000 mm
Mass2.828 g
Sixpence, Lion on Crown: Photos
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Great Britain 1911 6 pence
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Great Britain 1911 6 pence
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