1787 Sixpence – George III


The 1787 Sixpence - George III

This coin is silver.

The Reverse is cruciform shields with a large Garter star in the centre, crowns in angles. Legend with Date below.

A variation is the 4th shield which may or may not have a semee of hearts. Semee usually means decorated with dots, in this case it means decorated with small hearts. SCBC: 3778 without hearts, 3749 with hearts (see below).

The Obverse shows a portrait of King George III.


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1787 ?
Monarch is King George III. Prime Minister is William Pitt the Younger (Tory). America begins to write a new Constitution for the United States. Later, Delaware ratifies the Constitution and becomes the first U.S. state. The original Lord's Cricket Ground holds its first cricket match and Marylebone Cricket Club (the MCC) founded.
George III (1760-1820)
Born on 4 June 1738 to Frederick, Prince of Wales and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha in the house of Hanover, George III reigned for over 59 years.

George had 15 children - nine sons and six daughters. In the latter part of his life George suffered from a mental illness and his son George became Prince Regent from 1811-1820 and ruled on his behalf. On George III's death, the Prince Regent became George IV.

Note the latin spelling of George on his coins: Georgivs.
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:
1787 Sixpence Coin Near Extra Fine Silver George III
1787 Sixpence Coin Near Extra Fine Silver George III
£ 59.00
1787 George III Early Milled Silver Sixpence with No Semee of Hearts
1787 George III Early Milled Silver Sixpence with No Semee of Hearts
£ 40.00
George 3rd Sixpence Dated 1787
George 3rd Sixpence Dated 1787
£ 45.00
1787 George III silver sixpence #562
1787 George III silver sixpence #562
£ 32.00
1787 King George III Silver Sixpence Coin (Without Semee of Hearts)
1787 King George III Silver Sixpence Coin (Without Semee of Hearts)
£ 80.00
GB 1787 SIXPENCE
GB 1787 SIXPENCE
£ 15.00
1787 King George III Silver Sixpence Coin (Without Semee Of Hearts) - Great Brit
1787 King George III Silver Sixpence Coin (Without Semee Of Hearts) - Great Brit
£ 59.95
1787 King George III Silver Sixpence Coin (Without Semee of Hearts)
1787 King George III Silver Sixpence Coin (Without Semee of Hearts)
£ 47.95

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