The Sixpence or Tanner as it is also known was first minted in 1551 during the reign of Edward VI and was last struck for everyday usage in 1967. It measures 19.3 mm and the coins minted before 1920 contain 92.5% of silver. After this date, from 1920 to 1946, they were minted with 50% silver. The most recent Tanner (1947-1967) was struck in cupronickel. In its day, it was one of the most well-liked coins. So well-liked in fact, that it was still legal tender until well after the decimalisation came into effect. The 6 Pence represented six pennies and many consider it to be a lucky coin...
Why is a 6 Pence Lucky?
People used to be very superstitious back in the old days of the middle ages. Then, it was customary for the Lord of the Manor to give a piece of silver as a wedding gift to his bride. The Sixpence, which was minted in the late middle ages in silver, came to be the piece of silver used as a good luck charm at weddings. In more recent times, it became a tradition for Brides to wear a 6 pence in one shoe.
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We currently offer Sixpences in different grades and from the reigns of many British Monarchs. If you wish to start a collection of Sixpence British Coins, a good place to start is the Complete Date Set of Sixpences of Queen Elizabeth II. This set includes all the scarce and rare dates – from 1953, the year of Coronation of the Queen, until 1967 when they ceased to strike them.
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Edward VII Silver Sixpence. Very Good. They struck coins for King Edward VII from 1902 until 1910, a rather short reign. But then again he had to wait for Queen Victoria to pass away and she lived quite a long time. All of his silver coins are struck in Sterling Silver and the most difficult denomination to get is the Sixpence.
Anice example of a pre-decimal Elizabeth II Sixpence in Uncirculated condition. The Sixpence was the only coin that did not have a decimal equivalent that was allowed to still be used when decimal coins came in. That was because it was the price of a phone call in a call box and decimal coins were causing too many problems at that time.
This is a strange coin; when I moved to London in 1968 this coin cost more in real terms than it does
now. Everyone was trying to put together a set of pre-decimal coins in uncirculated condition and this is one
of the coins that caused a little bit of trouble.
Everyone puts away the first year of a new design and especially if it is a Coronation year (1953). The
second year less are put away and as time goes on fewer and fewer are put away, until it gets very difficult
to find uncirculated examples of some dates.
We bought a small group of 1957 Queen Elizabeth II Sixpences in uncirculated condition. Not a rare
coin, but one that is difficult to find if you need one. They are very inexpensive at just £3.95; they actually cost more in 1968 than I am charging now.