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 III Bull Head Sixpence Fair_obv

George III, Sixpence (Bull Head) Fair

In 1816 they passed the currency Reform Act which changed our coinage completely. The Guinea was out and the Sovereign was in. All coins before then were no longer legal tender. One coin that was badly needed for everyday usage was the humble sixpence. So in 1816, a new Sixpence was issued. The King hated the design and the public referred to it as the ‘Bull Head’ Sixpence because of the design. But it was only struck from 1816-1820 when a new King took the throne. Dates will be of our choice, but the more coins you order the more different dates we will try and give you.
£14.95
George III, 'Bull Head' Sixpence Very Good_Obv

George III, Sixpence (Bull Head) Very Good

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 bullhead of the King on one side and a crowned shield on the other side. Even in this grade supplies are limited.
£19.95
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George III, Sixpence 1787 Extremely Fine

These George III Sterling Silver 1787 Sixpences were only struck for circulation for just one year, 1787. What is even more interesting is that they were struck for the Bank of England to give out to their favoured clients around Christmas. You have King George III in an armoured bust on the obverse and four crowns and four shields on the reverse. Today the Royal Mint is charging £95 in Fine. The reverse in some ways is even more interesting than the obverse. As you have the arms of England, Ireland, Scotland, Hanover and France. The coins on offer are very high grade and becoming very difficult to find these days. They are available in Extremely Fine. Remember that this coin is now over 230 years old and in very high quality.
£135.00
George III, Sixpence 1787 Unc_obv

George III, Sixpence 1787 Uncirculated

Most will know about the illness of King George III, but most don’t know that because of that illness the King would not allow a law to make smaller coins to be passed. This of course caused a lot of problems with day-to-day commerce; there just were not enough small coins around to make change. There are only two silver coins struck before the Currency Reform Act of 1816, that are readily available to collectors: the George III Sixpence and the Shilling of 1787. There is a simple but almost unbelievable reason for this. These coins were struck at the Royal Mint from silver delivered from the Bank of England. The Bank decided that they would need some new shiny coins to give out to their clients at Christmas. So only the Bank of England had these silver coins, and they only handed them out during the Christmas period, and only to their wealthy clients. So now you have the whole history! You have King George III dressed in what looks like Roman armour, and on the reverse the arms of Hanover and France as well as England, Scotland, and Ireland. Back in 1787, you had to be somehow important to have one of these Sixpences, important enough to do business directly with the Bank of England, and someone they wanted to treat. We have selected some very high-quality examples of this beautiful and very important historical coin for your collection.
£245.00
George IV_1821_Sixpence_Laureate_Head_1st_reverse_Choice_Unc_obv

George IV, Sixpence (Laureate Head 1st reverse) 1821 Choice Unc

With an attractive steel grey and blue tone. Catalogues £450 in Unc.
£350.00
George IV, Sixpence (Laureate Head, Second Shield) 1825 Good Extremely Fine_obv

George IV, Sixpence (Laureate Head, Second Shield) 1825 Good Extremely Fine

with an appealing tone.
£225.00
George IV 1829 Sixpence Nearly Extremely Fine_obv

George IV, Sixpence 1829 Nearly Extremely Fine

£145.00
Picture of George V & George VI, Pair of Sixpences

George V & George VI, Pair of Sixpences

The Royal Mint are selling one Silver Sixpence, either George V of George VI, in a gift box for £26. We offer the SAME pair of coins, in display cases for JUST £14.95! Both the Royal Mint’s coins and Coincraft’s coins were struck in silver at the Royal Mint and are original and genuine. Would you rather pay the Royal Mint’s price of £26 for just one coin or our price of £14.95 for the pair? We think you would rather SAVE £37.05. Limit of 3 sets per collector at this price.
£69.50
1927_Shilling_Proof_as_issued_obv

George V, Shilling 1927 Proof as issued

in the sets.
£110.00
Picture of George V, Sixpence (Year of Three Kings) 1936 Fine

George V, Sixpence (Year of Three Kings) 1936 Fine

These 1936 silver sixpences have the portrait of King George V on them, but they have a far more interesting history. King George V died and his son became King Edward VIII and most of these Sixpences were struck during the reign of King Edward VIII. In December of that year Edward abdicated and his brother became King George VI. While the portrait is that of King George V who knows who was actually on the throne when they were struck. It is an interesting conundrum which will never be figured out.
£8.95
1920 Sixpence Circulated_obv

George V, Sixpence 1920 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1920 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£6.95
1921_Sixpence_Obv

George V, Sixpence 1921 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1921 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£5.95
1922_Sixpence_Obv

George V, Sixpence 1922 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1922 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£6.95
1925_Sixpence_obv

George V, Sixpence 1924 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1924 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£6.95
1925_Sixpence_obv

George V, Sixpence 1925 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1925 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£6.95
Picture of George V, Sixpence 1926 Circulated

George V, Sixpence 1926 Circulated

In 1926 a Princess, now Queen Elizabeth II was born. Her grandfather King George V was on the throne at the time. The Sixpence was still being struck in silver. John Logie Baird demonstrated TV and the country had a terrible General Strike. For some reason the coins of 1926 are not easy to get. So we were very happy when we were offered a small group of the 1926 Silver Sixpence, a most useful and collected denomination. The coins are used, but in selected circulated condition. Honour our great Monarch, add a silver sixpence of her birth year to your collection. After all Queen Elizabeth II is the longest serving Monarch that this great nation has ever had.
£6.95
1927_Sixpence_Obv

George V, Sixpence 1927 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1927 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£8.95
1928 Sixpence_Obv

George V, Sixpence 1928 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1928 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£5.95
Picture of George V, Sixpence 1928-1936 Set

George V, Sixpence 1928-1936 Set

In 1927 the Royal Mint changed the design of the Silver Sixpence to have six acorns on the reverse. As the 1927 issue was only issued in the Proof Set it is not really a coin issued for circulation. So we are offering the complete set of coins issued for circulation 1928-1936 in selected circulated condition. A total of nine different dates of this ‘6 Acorn’ coin. All the coins were originally struck at the Royal Mint and all are struck in .500 fine Silver.
£74.50
1929_Sixpence_Obv

George V, Sixpence 1929 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1929 Sixpence in selected circulated condition.
£5.95
1930 Sixpence Circulated_obv

George V, Sixpence 1930 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1930 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£6.95
1931_Sixpence_Obv

George V, Sixpence 1931 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1931 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£6.95
1932 Sixpence_Obv

George V, Sixpence 1932 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1932 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£6.95
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George V, Sixpence 1933 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1933 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£6.95
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George V, Sixpence 1934 Circulated

We now have available a number of the dates of the King George V Silver Sixpences issued from 1920 to 1936. Here we offer the 1934 Sixpence in selected circulated condition
£12.95

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.