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  • 6 Pence 1937-1946, KM# 852, United Kingdom (Great Britain), George VI
  • 6 Pence 1937-1946, KM# 852, United Kingdom (Great Britain), George VI

The sixpence (6d), sometimes known as a tanner or sixpenny bit, was a coin worth one-fortieth of a pound sterling, or six pence. It was first minted in the reign of Edward VI and circulated until 1980. Following decimalisation in 1971 it had a value of  2 1⁄2 new pence. The coin was made from silver from its introduction in 1551 to 1947, and thereafter in cupronickel.

George VI (1895–1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.

As the second son of King George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne and spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward. George's elder brother ascended the throne as Edward VIII upon the death of their father in 1936. However, later that year Edward revealed his desire to marry divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin advised Edward that for political and religious reasons he could not marry a divorced woman and remain king. Edward abdicated in order to marry, and George ascended the throne as the third monarch of the House of Windsor.


Bare head of the King George VI facing left.

The legend is an abbreviated translation of “George VI by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains”.

Engraver: Thomas Humphrey Paget



GRI (Georgius Rex Imperator) monogram dividing date, the Tudor Crown above. Legend above, value below.

The Tudor Crown, also known as the King's Crown or Imperial Crown, is a widely used symbol in heraldry of the United Kingdom. While various crown symbols had been used for this purpose for many years previously, the specific Tudor Crown design was standardised at the request of Edward VII. It was never intended to represent any actual physical crown, although in shape it bears a close resemblance to the small diamond crown of Queen Victoria.

Georgius Rex Imperator is a Royal and Imperial Cypher of George V and George VI of the United Kingdom.

The legend is an abbreviated translation of “Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India”.

Engraver: George Edward Kruger Gray

19 GRI 42

Material Silver
Fineness 0.500
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 19.5 mm
Thickness 1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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