Sixpence (Tanner)

The Sixpence (6d) 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...

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George VI, Sixpence 1941 Unc

Uncirculated.
£18.00
1942 Sixpence  Choice Uncirculated_obv

George VI, Sixpence 1942 Choice Unc

Choice Uncirculated.
£35.00
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George VI, Sixpence 1942 Gem Unc

We have small a hoard of King George VI Silver Sixpences in choice condition. These are the last silver sixpences ever and there is a variety of dates all choice to gem. They make great type coins or if you were born that year, they make great presents. You have the bare head of the King on one side and the crowned cypher on the other side. These coins are in beautiful condition and remember the last silver coins ever were issued in 1946. King George VI was of course H. M. the Queen’s father.
£45.00
1942 Sixpence_Obv

George VI, Sixpence 1942 Unc

Uncirculated.
£20.00
1943 Sixpence_obv

George VI, Sixpence 1943 Choice Unc

Choice Uncirculated.
£25.00
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George VI, Sixpence 1944 Choice Unc

Here we offer World War II 1944 Silver Sixpence in Choice Uncirculated condition. They are fantastic coins to see and own. But supplies are limited.
£30.00
Picture of George VI, Sixpence 1944 Gem Uncirculated

George VI, Sixpence 1944 Gem Uncirculated

Here we present a small group of the 1944 King George VI Silver Sixpence on offer. We can offer the World War II 1944 Silver Sixpence in Choice Uncirculated or Gem Uncirculated condition. In either case they are fantastic coins to see and own. But don't forget that supplies are limited.
£45.00
Picture of George VI, Sixpence 1945 Choice Brilliant Unc

George VI, Sixpence 1945 Choice Brilliant Unc

This coin was struck the year before the last silver Sixpence ever was struck, so the 1945 Sixpence is the Penultimate Silver Sixpence. It was issued under King George VI and just after the end of World War II. There is something about a coin struck in silver, they just look and feel great. These coins were put away in 1945 and therefore are in outstanding condition. We have them in the two highest grades you can get; this particular one is the Choice Uncirculated variant. We know you will love them.
£25.00
Picture of George VI, Sixpence 1946 Choice Uncirculated

George VI, Sixpence 1946 Choice Uncirculated

In 1947 the Royal Mint removed silver from circulating coinage. So the 1946 dated coins were the last ones to be struck using silver. We have found a small quantity of the King George VI sixpence dated 1946, which is the last silver sixpence ever issued for circulation. The coins on offer are some of the finest you can find, here in Choice Uncirculated. A great opportunity to add the last ever silver sixpence to your collection in wonderful condition…
£35.00
Picture of George VI, Sixpence 1946 Gem Unc

George VI, Sixpence 1946 Gem Unc

In 1947 the Royal Mint removed silver from circulating coinage. So the 1946 dated coins were the last ones to be struck using silver. We have found a small quantity of the King George VI sixpence dated 1946, which is the last silver sixpence ever issued for circulation. The coins on offer are some of the finest you can find, here in Gem Uncirculated. A great opportunity to add the last ever silver sixpence to your collection in wonderful condition…
£40.00
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George VI, Sixpence 1946 Unc

The last Sixpence struck in silver. Uncirculated.
£15.00
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George VI, Sixpence 1948 Choice Unc

Choice Uncirculated.
£25.00
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George VI, Sixpence 1948 Unc

One series that we feel is underappreciated is the George VI cupro-nickel coinage 1947-1952. The silver coins take all the lime light, yet the cupro-nickel coins in the high grades are the ones that are more difficult to find. Here we offer a small group of the 1948 King George VI Sixpence in Uncirculated condition. These were put away the day they were issued and are now 74 years old and in Unc condition. Get them while you can it is a difficult coin.
£18.00
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George VI, Sixpence 1949 Choice Unc

Choice Uncirculated.
£25.00
George VI, Sixpence 1950 Unc_obv

George VI, Sixpence 1950 Unc

1950 Sixpence Uncirculated
£20.00
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George VI, Sixpence in Silver 1946 Circulated

In 1946 for the last time ever the Royal Mint struck coins for everyday usage in Silver. Here we offer the Sixpence. It has taken a little while but we have finally enough of these last ever silver coins to offer to our collectors. All coins are struck in 500 fine Silver by the Royal Mint and are the last silver coins ever to be struck for circulation. All 1946 coins are in selected circulated condition.
£6.95
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Victoria Young Head 6d Fair

In the whole Young Head series of Queen Victorian coins, the one that I have the most difficulty getting is the Sixpence. It was struck for years and years (1838-1887), but for some reason, this is one type of coin that always seems to be missing. I have a small group of these Sterling Silver Sixpences, dates will be of our choice, but the more coins you order, the more different dates we will try and give you.
£11.95
Victoria, 1844 Sixpence Good Extremely Fine_obv

Victoria, Sixpence (Young Head) 1844 Good Extremely Fine

A very bright coin.
£195.00
Picture of Victoria, Sixpence (Jubilee Head) 1887 Choice Unc

Victoria, Sixpence (Jubilee Head) 1887 Choice Unc

In 1887 Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee 1837-1887, so for the first time in 50 years she allowed the design of the coinage to be changed. The Sixpence had a shield on the reverse, which didn’t work at all. Crooks were gold plating them and passing them off as Half Sovereigns. So later in the year they changed the reverse and added a value within the wreath. We have a nice group of choice examples of both types of Jubilee Sixpences with the wreath reverse and the shield reverse. The coins are in Choice Uncirculated condition and are getting more and more difficult to find.
£75.00
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Victoria, Sixpence (Jubilee Head) 1887 Choice Unc

In 1887 Queen Victoria allowed the Royal Mint to change her portrait on the coinage. After all, it was her Jubilee Year and they had used her Young Head portrait since 1838. The new coins came into being, along with a new denomination, the Double Florin in 1887. We have a nice little lot of the silver Shield Sixpence coins in rather choice condition. They would look great in your collection.
£75.00
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Victoria, Sixpence (Jubilee Head) 1888 Brilliant Unc

And a better date.
£85.00
Victoria, 1889 Jubilee Head Sixpence Choice Unc_obv

Victoria, Sixpence (Jubilee Head) 1889 Choice Unc

With wonderful underlying brilliance.
£125.00
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Victoria, Sixpence (Jubilee Head) EF

Jubilee Head Sixpence Extremely Fine
£24.50
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Victoria, Sixpence (Jubilee Head) VG

Jubilee Head Sixpence Very Good
£10.95
Picture of Victoria, Sixpence (Jubilee Head/Wreath) 1887 Gem Unc

Victoria, Sixpence (Jubilee Head/Wreath) 1887 Gem Unc

Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837 and in 1838 they issued her first coinage. Because she was so young when she became Queen, this new coinage became known as Young Head Coins. In 1887 when she celebrated her Gold Jubilee, she finally allowed her portrait to be changed on the coins, this new portrait became known as the Jubilee Head Coinage. It only lasted from 1887 until 1892 when it was again changed. We have spent years accumulating enough 1887 Jubilee Head coins in high grades to offer them to you. All are struck in Sterling Silver and all are dated 1887 the first year of this new coinage. For years collectors have assumed that these coins are common. But in fact, in the higher grades these coins have become very difficult to find. Prices while they have risen are still very affordable, especially when you think that they are 131 years old. On offer here is a Victoria 1887 sixpence featuring wreath in gem uncirculated grade.
£75.00

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 6 Pence, 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 the coin in one shoe.

Sixpence for Sale

We currently offer 6ds in different grades from the reigns of several British Monarchs. If you wish to start a collection of British Coins, and the 6d is your chosen denomination, 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 the Coronation of the Queen, until 1967 when they ceased to strike them. We update our site regularly with new items. The best way to ensure you don’t miss out on our new stock is to subscribe to our newsletter.