1824 Sixpence – George IV, Second Reverse


The 1824 Sixpence - George IV, Second Reverse

Silver sixpence of King George IV, minted at the Royal Mint in London. Second Reverse. Diameter 19mm and weighs 2.8g. SCBC: 3814.

The Obverse shows the laureated head of George IV facing left. Designed by Benedetto Pistrucci, the artists initials (B.P.) are on the base of the neck. Legend is "GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:".

Edge is milled.

The Reverse is a crowned square shield surrounded with Garter and the motto (of the Order of the Garter) "HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE". Below the date as "ANNO 1824".

Image credit: Museums Victoria


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1824 ?
The Monarch is George IV. Prime Minister is Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (Tory). President is James Monroe (DR-Virginia). In the US Election no-one receives a majority and the the United States House of Representatives has to decide the winner (it is  John Quincy Adams). Back in UK the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals established. Sir William Hillary founds what later becomes the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The Rev. Professor William Buckland becomes the first person to describe a dinosaur (see The 2020 50 Pence Coin - Megalosaurus). The Weights and Measures Act abolishes use of many traditional measures in favour of Imperial units.
George IV (1820-1830)
Public domain image from wikipedia.orgGeorge IV was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover following the death of his father, George III, on 29 January 1820, until his own death ten years later. George IV had previously ruled as Prince Regent from 1811-1820 due to his father's mental illness.

George was married to Caroline of Brunswick and they had a daughter, Princess Charlotte, who died following the birth of a stillborn child. As the second son of George III (Prince Frederick) was childless, following the rules of the monarchy on his death George was succeeded by his brother, William IV.

Note that on coin, George IV is often written as Georgivs IIII.
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:
1824 SIXPENCE - SLABBED CGS 82  - GEORGE IV BRITISH SILVER COIN
1824 SIXPENCE - SLABBED CGS 82 - GEORGE IV BRITISH SILVER COIN
£ 350.00
George IV 1824 Sixpence (BRIT035)
George IV 1824 Sixpence (BRIT035)
£ 25.00
1824 GEORGE IV SILVER SIXPENCE IN A WELL USED FAIR CONDITION.
1824 GEORGE IV SILVER SIXPENCE IN A WELL USED FAIR CONDITION.
£ 20.00
1824 George IV 4th Silver Sixpence Six Pence Coin
1824 George IV 4th Silver Sixpence Six Pence Coin
£ 39.99
1824 SIXPENCE George IV GEF ESC 2425
1824 SIXPENCE George IV GEF ESC 2425
£ 175.00
1824 George IV Silver Sixpence
1824 George IV Silver Sixpence
£ 90.00
1824 GEORGE IV SILVER SIXPENCE IN VERY FINE OR BETTER CONDITION.
1824 GEORGE IV SILVER SIXPENCE IN VERY FINE OR BETTER CONDITION.
£ 120.00
George IV. Silver Sixpence. 1824. ESC 2425
George IV. Silver Sixpence. 1824. ESC 2425
£ 175.00

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