United Kingdom: Coin Type Sixpence Lion on Crown (Debased Silver) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Type Sixpence Lion on Crown (Debased Silver) (issued 1920 - 1927)
Coin TypeSixpence Lion on Crown (Debased Silver)

This sixpence type was struck between 1920 and 1925, with silver content reduced to 50% from the earlier "sterling" standard (0.925). Its design is the same as the shilling coins issued between 1902 and 1927; they differ by the denomination written on them and by their size and weight (the sixpence is exactly half the weight of the shilling).

Composition: 0.500 silver (0.0452 oz ASW).

Obverse

Bare head of King George V facing left; below on neck truncation in small letters, B.M. (for Bertram MacKennal); around, GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX.

Obverse InscriptionGEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Reverse

At centre crowned lion to left, head facing standing on crown, the date divided by the crown; around, FID: DEF: IND: IMP: SIXPENCE. (FID: DEF: IND: IMP: is part of the monarch's legend - the other part being on the obverse; it is abbreviated from FIDEI DEFENSOR INDIAE IMPERATOR and means "defender of the faith, Emperor of India).

Reverse InscriptionFID: DEF: IND: IMP: [year] SIXPENCE
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
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Sixpence Lion on Crown (Debased Silver): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofSixpence
From1920
To1927
Face Value6 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Material0.500 Silver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.5000
Mass (g)2.8300
Sixpence Lion on Crown (Debased Silver): Photos
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Coin - Sixpence, George V, Great Britain, 1927
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Coin - Sixpence, George V, Great Britain, 1927
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