1909 Sixpence – Edward VII


The 1909 Sixpence - Edward VII

Silver (0.925) sixpence of King Edward VII. Diameter 19.3mm, weight 2.83g. SCBC: 3983. The design was used 1902-1910.

The Reverse, by Jean Baptiste Merlen, shows the words SIX PENCE, crowned, enclosed in a wreath. Date 1909 below.

The Obverse shows shows the head of King Edward VII, designed by George William de Saulles.

These coins are available (subject to stock) from the Royal Mint Shop (product code HISE7SPF).

Image credit: The Royal Mint


Mintage: 6,584,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1909 ?
Monarch is Edward VII. Prime Minister is H. H. Asquith (Liberal). Theodore Roosevelt is replaced by the 27th President William Howard Taft. The FA Cup final is won by Manchester United for the first time, as they beat Bristol City 1–0 at Crystal Palace. Louis Blériot flies a Blériot XI monoplane across the English Channel from Calais to Dover, winning a prize of £1000 from the Daily Mail. The first Woolworths appear in the UK.
Edward VII (1901-1910)
Edward VII was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death in 1910. Edward was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Edward married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863.

Five Pound, Two Pound and Crowns were only released in 1902. The 1902 Proof set for the Coronation is unusual in that it had a Matt finish. Gold Sovereign mintages were high during the reign of Edward VII, averaging more than 10 million per year which makes them fairly common even today.
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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1902 to 1910 KING EDWARD VII SILVER SIXPENCE 6d - CHOOSE YOUR YEAR!
1902 to 1910 KING EDWARD VII SILVER SIXPENCE 6d - CHOOSE YOUR YEAR!
£ 19.99
EDWARD VII. 1909 SIXPENCE. CHOICE
EDWARD VII. 1909 SIXPENCE. CHOICE
£ 120.00
1909 Edward VII, Sixpence, as shown.
1909 Edward VII, Sixpence, as shown.
£ 11.50
Edward VII Sixpence 1902-1910 Choose Your Date
Edward VII Sixpence 1902-1910 Choose Your Date
£ 29.99
1909 Sixpence Edward VII 92.5% Silver 6d ExtremelyFine Sp#3983 Harder Year
1909 Sixpence Edward VII 92.5% Silver 6d ExtremelyFine Sp#3983 Harder Year
£ 44.00
Great Britain Edward VII 1909 Sixpence, Better Grade (Ref. c9011)
Great Britain Edward VII 1909 Sixpence, Better Grade (Ref. c9011)
£ 35.00
1909 Edward VII Silver Sixpence, Scarce, UNC
1909 Edward VII Silver Sixpence, Scarce, UNC
£ 165.00
1909 EDWARD VII SIXPENCE COIN IN MINT - NEAR PERFECT CONDITION - SUPERB EXAMPLE
1909 EDWARD VII SIXPENCE COIN IN MINT - NEAR PERFECT CONDITION - SUPERB EXAMPLE
£ 135.00

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