1758 Sixpence – George II


The 1758 Sixpence - George II

Silver sixpence of King George II. SCBC: 3711.

There are a couple of anomalies to look for. There are some coins with a DEI error. There are also 1758/7 overstrikes. Neither variant adds much to the price.

The Obverse shows the old laureated and draped bust of King George II.

The Reverse shows crowned cruciform shields, Garter star at centre, Legend around with date at top.

Image credit: M J Hughes Coins


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1758 ?
Monarch is King George II. Prime Minister is Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle (Whig). The Seven Years' War continues, many battles during the year. American inventor J. Rechendorf obtains a patent for a one-piece pencil with eraser.
George II (1727-1760)
George II was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 until his death. He was son of George I.

George was the last British monarch to be born outside Great Britain; he was born in Germany. There were a few arguements about various claims to the throne and not all of George's family supported him. George's eldest son Frederick died in 1751 and George was eventually succeeded by his grandson, George III.

The regnal years for George II coins were:
1729:TERTIO; 1731:QVARTO; 1735:OCTAVO; 1738:DVODECIMO; 1741:DECIMO QVARTO; 1746:DECIMO NONO; 1748:VICESIMO SECVNDO; 1753:VICESIMO SEXTO.
General Description: Sixpences

The Sixpence (half a shilling) was a British silver coin that was first minted 1551 and virtually continuously until decimalisation in 1971. They were often known as 'tanners'. They are small coins, the last minted had a diameter of about 19.4 mm.

Specifications:

  • Year Minted: 1551-1970
  • Diameter: 19.41 mm
  • Weight: 2.83g (1816-1970)
  • Edge: Milled
  • Metal: 
    • 1551–1816: Silver
    • 1816–1920: 92.5% Silver
    • 1920–1946: 50% Silver
    • 1947–1970 Cupronickel. Zero Silver

In today's money they are 2½p. It doesn't sound much but at the time it was a weeks pocket money! It was a popular coin when in circulation and is now popular with collectors as it has a long history and many nice specimens can be obtained at affordable prices.

Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the Sixpences page on eBay UK

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UK On eBay UK:
1758 Sixpence  - George II 2nd - A really Nice Example Last Year Of Reign
1758 Sixpence  - George II 2nd - A really Nice Example Last Year Of Reign
£ 25.00
George II 1758 sixpence (BRIT033)
George II 1758 sixpence (BRIT033)
£ 20.00
1758 Sixpence George II 6d Silver Coin Nice Detail
1758 Sixpence George II 6d Silver Coin Nice Detail
£ 59.95
George II, Great Britain, Sixpence, 1758, Silver, Fine
George II, Great Britain, Sixpence, 1758, Silver, Fine
£ 12.00
GEORGE II SIXPENCE 1758 - WITH 8 OVER 7 VARIETY SPINK NUMBER 3711 VERY NICE COIN
GEORGE II SIXPENCE 1758 - WITH 8 OVER 7 VARIETY SPINK NUMBER 3711 VERY NICE COIN
£ 86.00
George II Sterling Silver Sixpence, Overdate, 1758/7.  ESC 1764 R3, Very Rare
George II Sterling Silver Sixpence, Overdate, 1758/7. ESC 1764 R3, Very Rare
£ 65.00
1758 Sixpence George II Lovely Detail Coin
1758 Sixpence George II Lovely Detail Coin
£ 84.99
1758 George II Early Milled Silver Sixpence, EF
1758 George II Early Milled Silver Sixpence, EF
£ 130.00

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