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New Gold Sixpence Announced

Author: Jon Clarke - Bullion & Economics Editor

Published: 24 May 2021

Last Updated: 27 May 2021

Synopsis

A recent proclamation in The Gazette gives the specifications for two new sixpence coins.

Originally struck in silver, the sixpence was taken out of circulation following decimalisation in 1971.

Here, we look at what we can expect from the Mint’s future release.

Reverse of 1887 Sixpence

Two New Gold Sixpence Coins

According to the proclamation, the new series of sixpence coins will be struck in gold and rose gold and will have the following specifications:

Sixpence Gold Coin

Struck in a fineness .999/24 carat gold with a standard weight of 6.19 grammes and a standard diameter of 19.41 millimetres.

The obverse of the coin will bear an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the inscription:

ELIZABETH II • DEI • GRA • REGINA • FID • DEF

The reverse will show the Royal Cypher wilth a floral motif and the inscription:

SIXPENCE • (YEAR) 

The coins will have a grained edge.

Sixpence Rose Gold Coin

The rose gold sixpence will be struck in .916/22 carat gold, have a standard weight of 5.59 grammes, and a standard diameter of 19.41 millimetres.

The obverse of the coin will bear an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the inscription:

ELIZABETH II • DEI • GRA • REGINA • FID • DEF

The reverse will show the Royal Cypher wilth a floral motif and the inscription:

SIXPENCE • (YEAR)

The coins will have a grained edge. 

A History of the Sixpence

You can read more about the history of the sixpence coin on our blog page.

We also have sixpence coins for sale on our product page.

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