Sixpence 1925 Pattern, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Sixpence 1925 Pattern, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSixpence 1925 Pattern

The British sixpence (6d) coin, sometimes known as a tanner or sixpenny bit, was a coin worth one-fortieth of a pound sterling, or six pence. It was first minted in the reign of King Edward VI and circulated until 1980. Following decimalisation in 1970 it had a value of 2½ new pence. The coin was made from silver from its introduction in 1551 to 1947, and thereafter in cupronickel.

In the mid 1920s the Royal Mint began to seek new designs for United Kingdom silver coins. Amongst a number of other artists Eric Gill was approached and in 1924 he produced a series of drawings. Despite never being used, the drawings were well received at the time, indeed so much so that uniface pattern pieces were struck of his shilling, sixpence and threepence designs.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown, Rarity: R7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
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Obverse

Uniface. The reverse has a "MODEL" inscription and number.

Obverse Inscription (none)
Reverse
United Kingdom / Sixpence 1925 Pattern - reverse photo

The obverse is divided into six parts in a snowflake geometric pattern, with dots in each of these near the centre of the coin. Around above, interrupted into four parts, the value and denomination SIX · PENCE. Around below, divided in two, the date 1925.

Reverse Inscription SIX · PENCE 1925
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
All (1) coins of type: Sixpence (Pattern)
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Sixpence 1925 Pattern: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeSixpence (Pattern)
Issued1925
MonarchKing George V
Face Value6 (x Penny)
Total Mintageunknown, Rarity: R7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
MaterialSilver
DesignerEric Gill
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.500 mm
Mass2.830 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-ADPN-EMDY
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