Going back to the time of Elizabeth I, it was tradition for a bride to have a sixpence in her shoe. If her
husband beat her, she had enough money to go somewhere and make it all better. Let’s be honest in
the 16th Century it went a lot further than it does today.
It’s a nice tradition and now a days, a sixpence in your shoe is for good luck, after all today you would
have to have a couple of thousand pounds in your shoe. That way the bride would be lopsided going
down the aisle.
The last Sixpence made for circulation was in 1967, but in 1970 the Royal Mint issued a Proof Set
with the last of the pre-decimal coins. Included was a Sixpence dated 1970 and in Proof condition. It is
that last ever 1970 Sixpence that we now offer you and yes, they are in Proof condition.
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.
This Sterling Silver Sixpence was issued by King George II in 1757 and 1758 which means that it is now 260 years old. The obverse has the mature bust of the King with long flowing hair and in a suit of armour. The reverse has four sets of crowned arms, England, Scotland, Ireland and France. He didn’t forget that we once owned part of France.
The coins we offer are in Fine or better condition. The Sixpence is often used at weddings to bring good luck to the bride.
Nice coins with a lot of history, Fine or better and very competitively priced. They would make
an excellent wedding gift…
In 1816 there was the Currency Reform Act, which allowed coins to be struck even without the Monarch’s permission. This was put into place because of King George III’s illness and the shortage of small change. From 1816 on, new designs, new weights new everything. These are the first of the new Sterling Silver Sixpences issued from 1816-1820.
You have the bull head of the King on one side and a crowned shield on the other side.
Even in this grade supplies are limited.