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Sixpence


The sixpence coin, also known as a 'tanner' or 'sixpenny bit', was a silver British coin originally worth six pence, or 1/40 of a Pound. First introduced in 1551, the sixpence coin would continue to be issued until decimalisation in 1971.

With a history spanning over 500 years, no silver coin collection would be complete without the sixpence.


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1683 Charles II Sixpence 2.95

1683 Charles II Sixpence

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1693 William & Mary Silver Sixpence 2.96

1693 William & Mary Silver Sixpence

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1683 Charles II Silver Sixpence 2.98

1683 Charles II Silver Sixpence

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1708 Queen Anne Silver sixpence 3.00

1708 Queen Anne Silver sixpence

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1711 Queen Anne Silver Sixpence 2.84

1711 Queen Anne Silver Sixpence

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1787 George III Silver Sixpence 3.00

1787 George III Silver Sixpence

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1905 Edward VII Silver Sixpence 2.82

1905 Edward VII Silver Sixpence

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1563 Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence mm Pheon 2.64

1563 Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence mm Pheon

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1590-2 Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence mm Hand 2.02

1590-2 Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence mm Hand

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1758 George II Milled Silver Sixpence 3.02

1758 George II Milled Silver Sixpence

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1560-1 Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence mm martlet 1.92

1560-1 Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence mm martlet

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1893 Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence 2.83

1893 Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence

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1892 Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence 2.82

1892 Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence

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1606 James 1 Silver Sixpence mm escallop 2.28

1606 James 1 Silver Sixpence mm escallop

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1711 Queen Anne Silver Sixpence - Good Fine 2.88

1711 Queen Anne Silver Sixpence - Good Fine

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1817 George III Silver Sixpence 2.82

1817 George III Silver Sixpence

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1887 YH Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence 2.82

1887 YH Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence

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1886 YH  Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence 2.82

1886 YH Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence

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1787 George III Silver  Sixpence 3.00

1787 George III Silver Sixpence

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1816 George III Silver Sixpence 2.83

1816 George III Silver Sixpence

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1879 Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence 2.82

1879 Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence

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1816 George the Third Silver Sixpence 2.82

1816 George the Third Silver Sixpence

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1732 George II  Silver Sixpence 2.92

1732 George II Silver Sixpence

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1638-9 Charles I Silver Hammered Sixpence - mm Anchor 3.00

1638-9 Charles I Silver Hammered Sixpence - mm Anchor

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Silver Sixpence

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Sixpence coins were first minted in 1551, while Edward VI was King. Silver had been debased during the reign of his father, King Henry VIII, and the silver testoon in particular found its value halved. The testoon being valued at six pence however proved useful and popular. When the testoon was restored to its original value during the reign of Elizabeth I, it was renamed as the shilling. The debased version of the testoon was then worth six pence, and would be officially adopted as that coin.

The 'tanner' nickname is believed to have originated from the 18th Century. The Royal Mint employed a new Chief Engraver, named John Sigismund Tanner who designed several issues of the sixpence coin.

Having been produced over the following 400 years, the silver sixpence coin has been minted in a number of purities, including Sterling (925) and debased (500) fineness. The debasement took place in 1920 and sixpence coins from that year were produced in both purities. After the second world war, gold and silver were no longer used for circulating currency, and the sixpence was produced instead using cupronickel.

Following the decimalisation of Britain’s currency in the 1971, the sixpence remained in circulation for another nine years until 1980. As part of the decimal system, the sixpence had a somewhat confusing value of 2.5 pence.

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