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Coin: Sixpence 1820
Description

The design of this coin is the same as the shilling coins issued at the same time; they only differ by their size and weight (the sixpence is exactly half the weight of the shilling).

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value6 (x Penny) TypeSixpence George III
Year1820 CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Mintage1,488,960 (1.5 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 1,488,960 (1.5 million)
Material0.925 Silver Designer
MonarchKing George III EffigySmall Head
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.8276
Obverse

Laureate head of King George III facing right; around, GEOR : III D : G : BRITT : REX F : D : ; below, 1820.

Obverse inscription GEOR : III D : G : BRITT : REX F : D : 1820
Reverse

Crowned and garnished shield bearing royal Arms within the Garter with motto HONI SOIT Q MAL Y PENSE.

"Honi soit qui mal y pense" is an Anglo-Norman maxim which means "Shame on whosoever would think badly of it," or "May he be shamed who thinks badly of it". Its literal translation from Old French is "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it."

Reverse inscriptionHONI SOIT Q MAL Y PENSE
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Sixpence 1820: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Inverted 1 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
I/S in HONI unknown (included in main number)
No colons on obverse unknown
Sixpence 1820: Photos
Sixpence 1820: Photo Coin - Sixpence, George III, Great Britain, 1820
Coin - Sixpence, George III, Great Britain, 1820
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Sixpence 1820: Photo Coin - Sixpence, George III, Great Britain, 1820
Coin - Sixpence, George III, Great Britain, 1820
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Sixpence 1820: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 665
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3791
Sixpence 1820: 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 Inverted 1, I/S in HONI, No colons on obverse
Sixpence 1820: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Sixpence, George III, Great Britain, 1820 American Numismatic Society: Silver 6 pence, Great Britain
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List of all (152) coins of type: United Kingdom / Sixpence
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Sixpence 1829 Sixpence 1831 Sixpence 1834 Sixpence 1835 Sixpence 1836 Sixpence 1837
Sixpence 1838 Sixpence 1839 Sixpence 1840 Sixpence 1841 Sixpence 1842 Sixpence 1843
Sixpence 1844 Sixpence 1845 Sixpence 1846 Sixpence 1847 Sixpence 1848 Sixpence 1850
Sixpence 1851 Sixpence 1852 Sixpence 1853 Sixpence 1854 Sixpence 1855 Sixpence 1856
Sixpence 1857 Sixpence 1858 Sixpence 1859 Sixpence 1860 Sixpence 1862 Sixpence 1863
Sixpence 1864 Sixpence 1865 Sixpence 1866 Sixpence 1867 Sixpence 1868 Sixpence 1869
Sixpence 1870 Sixpence 1871 Sixpence 1872 Sixpence 1873 Sixpence 1874 Sixpence 1875
Sixpence 1876 Sixpence 1877 Sixpence 1878 Sixpence 1879 Sixpence 1880 Sixpence 1881
Sixpence 1882 Sixpence 1883 Sixpence 1884 Sixpence 1885 Sixpence 1886 Sixpence 1887 Old Wreath Design
Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type Sixpence 1887 New Wreath Design Sixpence 1888 Sixpence 1889 Sixpence 1890 Sixpence 1891
Sixpence 1892 Sixpence 1893 Jubilee Head Sixpence 1893 Veiled Head Sixpence 1894 Sixpence 1895 Sixpence 1896
Sixpence 1897 Sixpence 1898 Sixpence 1899 Sixpence 1900 Sixpence 1901 Sixpence 1902
Sixpence 1903 Sixpence 1904 Sixpence 1905 Sixpence 1906 Sixpence 1907 Sixpence 1908
Sixpence 1909 Sixpence 1910 Sixpence 1911 Sixpence 1912 Sixpence 1913 Sixpence 1914
Sixpence 1915 Sixpence 1916 Sixpence 1917 Sixpence 1918 Sixpence 1919 Sixpence 1920 (Debased Silver)
Sixpence 1920 (Sterling Silver) Sixpence 1921 Sixpence 1922 Sixpence 1923 Sixpence 1924 Sixpence 1925
Sixpence 1926 Sixpence 1927 Lion on Crown Sixpence 1927 Oak Leaves (Proof only) Sixpence 1928 Sixpence 1929 Sixpence 1930
Sixpence 1931 Sixpence 1932 Sixpence 1933 Sixpence 1934 Sixpence 1935 Sixpence 1936
Sixpence 1937 Sixpence 1938 Sixpence 1939 Sixpence 1940 Sixpence 1941 Sixpence 1942
Sixpence 1943 Sixpence 1944 Sixpence 1945 Sixpence 1946 Sixpence 1947 Sixpence 1948
Sixpence 1949 Sixpence 1950 Sixpence 1951 Sixpence 1952 Sixpence 1953 Sixpence 1954
Sixpence 1955 Sixpence 1956 Sixpence 1957 Sixpence 1958 Sixpence 1959 Sixpence 1960
Sixpence 1961 Sixpence 1962 Sixpence 1963 Sixpence 1964 Sixpence 1965 Sixpence 1966
Sixpence 1967 Sixpence 1970 (Proof only)