Sixpence

Sixpence

The sixpence coin was first struck in 1551 during the reign of Edward VI, owing to the debasement of Britain’s silver coinage during the 1540s, particularly the testoon. The precursor to the shilling had seen its value halved from twelve pence to six. The sixpence quickly established itself as a popular fixture of Britain’s coinage, acquiring the nickname ‘tanner’, and in more superstitious times became a symbol of good fortune. Tucked in the bride’s shoe come wedding day, served up in a slice of Christmas pudding or given as a christening gift – the notion of a lucky sixpence has become embedded in British tradition. 

Sixpences were minted during the reign of every subsequent monarch. Such a popular coin comes in many different variations and, as a mainstay of British currency for so long, has acquired a special place in the public’s affections. One of the most popular of the pre-decimal coins, when the switchover to decimal currency came in 1968, many people were disappointed that no place could be found for it as part of the new coinage. Sixpence coins didn’t disappear immediately though, and were finally demonetised twelve years later in 1980. Here you can find a selection of historic sixpences originally struck for circulation.

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2020 Wedding Silver Sixpence

Price: £30.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1965 Sixpence

Queen Elizabeth II 1965 Sixpence

Uncirculated Condition

Price: £5.00

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George II Sixpence

George II Sixpence

Fine or Better

Price: £80.00

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1723 George I Sixpence South Sea Company

Price: £160.00

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George III Sixpence

George III Sixpence

Fine or Better

Price: £95.00

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George VI Australian Silver Sixpence, San Francisco Mint

George VI Australian Silver Sixpence, San Francisco Mint

Fine Plus Condition - Struck in the USA

Price: £20.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1967 Sixpence

Queen Elizabeth II 1967 Sixpence

Uncirculated Condition

Price: £5.00

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Vintage Silver Sixpence Greeting Card

Price: £12.00

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1745-1746 George II Sixpence Lima

1745-1746 George II Sixpence Lima

Used silver from seized treasure! Fine Plus

Price: £110.00

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George III Restored Silver Coinage Collection

Price: £375.00

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Edward VII Sixpence

Edward VII Sixpence

Fine + condition

Price: £24.00

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1558-1603 Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence

Price: £195.00

No Longer Available

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