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.
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.
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.
- Year Minted: 1551-1970
- Diameter: 19.41 mm
- Weight: 2.83g (1816-1970)
- Edge: Milled
- 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.
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.
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.
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