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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  • Pre-Decimal Denomination: Sixpence (Tanner)
  • Monarch: George II 1727 - 1760 or Elizabeth II 1952 - 2022
Picture of Elizabeth II, Sixpence 1956 Unc

Elizabeth II, Sixpence 1956 Unc

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.
£6.95
1964 Sixpence Unc

Elizabeth II, Sixpence 1964 Unc

The pre-decimal coinage of Queen Elizabeth II dated 1964 has always been difficult to get. Here we offer the 1964 Sixpence Unc. Supplies are limited in for a number of coins.
£3.95
Picture of Elizabeth II, Sixpence 1967 Brilliant Unc

Elizabeth II, Sixpence 1967 Brilliant Unc

Elizabeth II (1952- ), Sixpence, 1967. Brilliant Uncirculated.
£2.00
1970 Sixpence Proof_obv

Elizabeth II, Sixpence 1970 Proof

1970 Proof Sixpence. Not Struck for circulation.
£9.00
George II, Sixpence (Lima) Fine_obv

George II, Sixpence (Lima) Fine

During the reign of King George II, the British and the Spanish were fighting. The British captured a number of Spanish ships laden with silver from their South American mines. King George II, to rub the Spanish King’s nose in it, had British coins struck with the word ‘Lima’ below his bust. This was to remind the Spanish king where the silver had come from. These Sterling Silver sixpences were all dated 1746 which makes them 276 years old. The coins are in Fine condition which considering their age is a very acceptable grade.
£95.00
Picture of George II, Sixpence (Old Head) Fine

George II, Sixpence (Old Head) Fine

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. Ye,s we once owned part of France. The coins we offer are in Very Good or Fine condition, the earlier the order the better the coin you will be sent. If you want we can supply both dates, in either case these coins are 260+ years old. The Sixpence is often used at weddings to bring good luck to the bride. Nice coins with a lot of history, in Very Good or Fine. They would make an excellent wedding gift…
£75.00
George II, 1728 Sixpence EF_obv

George II, Sixpence 1728 Unc

Plain reverse and Rare thus, Uncirculated and an absolutely beautiful coin, the catalogue only goes up to Extremely Fine (£600)
£850.00

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.