1817 Sixpence – George III


The 1817 Sixpence - George III

Silver sixpence of King George III dated 1817. SCBC 3791.

The Obverse is a portrait of His Majesty King George III by Benedetto Pistrucci.

The edge is milled.

The Reverse, by Thomas Wyon, shows a crowned quartered shield of arms, with another shield at the centre. The legend HONI SOIT Q MAL Y PENSE is in a garter.

Image Credit: M J Hughes Coins.


Mintage: 10,900,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1817 ?
George III is King but due to illness his son George is Prince Regent. Prime Minister is Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (Tory). James Monroe replaces James Madison as President of the USA. Last major Luddite attack is against lace-making machines in Loughborough. Waterloo Bridge opens in London. 5 July sees the Sovereign coin reintroduced. Gas lighting is trialled on stage in London's West End theatres. Jane Austen dies. Elgin Marbles displayed in British Museum. John Constable paints Flatford Mill.
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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1817 King George III Silver Sixpence Coin Great Britain
1817 King George III Silver Sixpence Coin Great Britain
£ 82.73
2x 1817 1818 Silver SIXPENCE 6d Coin GEORGE III 1760 - 1820 (Combine Postage)
2x 1817 1818 Silver SIXPENCE 6d Coin GEORGE III 1760 - 1820 (Combine Postage)
£ 9.99
1817 George III Sixpence Coin
1817 George III Sixpence Coin
£ 4.99
1817 Sixpence George III
1817 Sixpence George III
£ 60.00
1817 GEORGE III SILVER SIXPENCE COIN. CN/451
1817 GEORGE III SILVER SIXPENCE COIN. CN/451
£ 32.99
GEORGE III 1817 SIXPENCE.                                                 CHJ292
GEORGE III 1817 SIXPENCE. CHJ292
£ 30.00
1817 KING GEORGE III SILVER SIXPENCE 6d aUNC WITH BOX AND COA
1817 KING GEORGE III SILVER SIXPENCE 6d aUNC WITH BOX AND COA
£ 109.99
FOUR 1816/1817/1818 & 1819 GEORGE III SILVER SIXPENCES IN WELL USED CONDITION.
FOUR 1816/1817/1818 & 1819 GEORGE III SILVER SIXPENCES IN WELL USED CONDITION.
£ 35.00

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