1899 Sixpence


The 1899 Sixpence - Queen Victoria

This coin is 92.5% Silver.

The Reverse is a simple design showing the words SIX PENCE crowned in a wreath.


The Obverse shows the 'Old Head' portrait of Queen Victoria by Thomas Brock


Mintage: 7,996,804 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1899 ?
The Monarch is Queen Victoria. Prime Minister is Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (Coalition). US President is William McKinley (R-Ohio). Second Boer War begins. Marconi transmits a radio signal across the English channel. School leaving age in England and Wales raised to twelve. Produced for the first time are Liquorice allsorts and Oxo beef stock cubes.
Victoria (1837-1901)
Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. Victoria ruled for 64 years, a record only recently surpassed by Queen Elizabeth II.
 
Victoria's parents were Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathern, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She married Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who later became known as Prince Albert. Victoria had nine children, the eldest son succeeding her as Edward VII.


Victoria posed for a number of head portraits, but there are generally three major variants: Young Head (1838-1887) by William Wyon, RA; Jubilee Head (1887-1893) by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm and Old Head (1893-1901) by by Sir Thomas Brock.

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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Queen Victoria Sixpence 6D Silver 1837-1901 Choose your date
Queen Victoria Sixpence 6D Silver 1837-1901 Choose your date
£ 19.99
1899 Queen Victoria Silver .925 Sixpence Coin. Good Grade With Nice Detail.
1899 Queen Victoria Silver .925 Sixpence Coin. Good Grade With Nice Detail.
£ 29.00
1899 Victoria Veiled head Sixpence, as shown.
1899 Victoria Veiled head Sixpence, as shown.
£ 14.50
1899 Sixpence - Victoria Silver (.925) • 2.83 g • ⌀ 19.3 mm KM# 779, Sp# 3941
1899 Sixpence - Victoria Silver (.925) • 2.83 g • ⌀ 19.3 mm KM# 779, Sp# 3941
£ 12.65
1899 Queen Victoria Veiled Head Silver Sixpence
1899 Queen Victoria Veiled Head Silver Sixpence
£ 65.00
1899 Victorian Silver Sixpence EF
1899 Victorian Silver Sixpence EF
£ 37.95
1899 Queen Victoria Veiled Head Silver Sixpence, UNC or near so
1899 Queen Victoria Veiled Head Silver Sixpence, UNC or near so
£ 70.00
1899 VICTORIAN OLD HEAD SIXPENCE IN EXTREMELY FINE STAINED CONDITION
1899 VICTORIAN OLD HEAD SIXPENCE IN EXTREMELY FINE STAINED CONDITION
£ 25.00

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