Sixpence 1942, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Sixpence 1942, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1980)
CoinSixpence 1942

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.

This design, featuring the crowned cypher (monogram) of the monarch, was introduced for King George VI at the beginning of his reign in 1937. It was replaced with a new style of monogram in 1949, after the title Emperor of India was dropped from his legend due to the Independence of India.

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. Thus, a sixpence coin issued in 1942 was legal tender for 38 years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage44,942,785 (44.9 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Sixpence 1942 - obverse photo

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

Below the neck truncation in small letters, the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).

Around, part of the the monarch's legend: GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX, which is an abbreviation from GEORGIVS VI DEI GRATIA BRITANNIARUM OMNIUM REX; translated from Latin, it means "George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains". The rest of the legend is on the reverse.

Obverse Inscription GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Reverse
United Kingdom / Sixpence 1942 - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse of the coin shows the crowned royal cypher GRI, for GEORGIVS REX IMPERATOR - "George King and Emperor" - dividing the date: 1942.

Below the monogram in small letters, the designer's initials K · G (for [George] Kruger Gray).

Around above, interrupted by the cross on top of the crown, 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 GRI 1942 FID · DEF · · IND · IMP SIXPENCE
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Sixpence 1942: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Listed in Krause only, not in Remick or Spink.

Sixpence 1942: References to Information Used
Showing 51 from a total of 151 coins of type: Sixpence
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
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
Sixpence 1927 Oak Leaves (Proof only) 15,000 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1928 23,123,384 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1929 28,319,326 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1930 16,990,289 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1931 16,873,268 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1932 9,406,117 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1933 22,185,083 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1934 9,304,009 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1935 13,995,621 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1936 24,380,171 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sixpence 1937 22,328,926 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1938 13,402,701 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1939 28,670,304 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1940 20,875,196 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1941 23,086,616 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1942 44,942,785 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1943 46,927,111 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1944 37,952,600 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1945 39,939,259 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1946 43,466,407 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1947 29,993,263 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1948 88,323,540 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1949 41,355,515 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1950 32,759,468 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1951 40,419,491 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1952 1,013,477 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Sixpence 1953 70,363,876 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA BRITT: OMN: REGINA
Sixpence 1954 105,241,150 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1955 109,929,554 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1956 109,841,555 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1957 150,654,290 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1958 123,518,527 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1959 93,089,441 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1960 103,288,346 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1961 115,052,017 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1962 178,359,637 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1963 112,964,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1964 152,336,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1965 129,644,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1966 175,696,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1967 240,788,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Sixpence 1970 (Proof only) 750,476 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
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Sixpence 1942: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeSixpence, George VI First Issue
Issued1942
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyKing George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Face Value6 (x Penny)
Total Mintage44,942,785 (44.9 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1980
Material0.500 Silver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.500 mm
Mass2.830 g
OCC IDNRWK-ZOJN-CXPR-OXGL
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