Sixpence 1949, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Sixpence 1949, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1980)
CoinSixpence 1949

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 in design, and was in silver until the first issue of King George VI was debased to copper-nickel after 1946. Its design featured the crowned cypher (monogram) of the monarch, which referred to his title of Emperor of India, and his legend with the same style. This second issue replaced it in 1949 when the title was dropped due to the Independence of India; it was issued until the King's death and was replaced by a new type at the start of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

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 1949 was legal tender for 31 years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage41,355,515 (41.4 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Sixpence 1949 - 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 1949 - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse of the coin shows the crowned royal cypher GR VI, for GEORGIVS SEXTUS - "George the Sixth" - dividing the date: 1949.

Around above, interrupted by the crown, the continuation of the monarch's legend: · FID DEF · - abbreviated from FIDEI DEFENSOR: "Defender of the Faith".

Around below, the denomination as one word: SIXPENCE.

Reverse Inscription GR VI · FID DEF · 1949 SIXPENCE
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Sixpence 1949: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Listed in Krause only, not in Remick or Spink.

Sixpence 1949: 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 1949: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeSixpence, George VI Second Issue
Issued1949
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyKing George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Face Value6 (x Penny)
Total Mintage41,355,515 (41.4 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1980
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerThomas Humphrey Paget
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.500 mm
Mass2.830 g
OCC IDQBVY-XOWR-CRWM-EJZN
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Great Britain, George VI, 6 Pence, 1949
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