Silver coin; Denomination: Sixpence
Royal Mint, London
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Struck as part of a new coinage in gold and silver to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, 1837-1887. The coins all shared a new 'Jubilee' obverse of the Queen by Boehm, adapted from his own Jubillee medal. The new obverse proved unpopular but was used until 1893.
The reverse on this coin was the second used in 1887. The first had a shield type but on this denomination the coin was so close to the gold half-sovereign in size and design that it led to wide spread frauds by gilding this coin type and passing it as a half-sovereign. Production of the shield reverse sixpence was quickly stopped and was replace by this new coin with the words SIX PENCE within a wreath on the reverse and the new Jubilee obverse.
Head of the Queen facing left, ribbon in hair; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:
Within an open wreath of laurel and oak leaves below a crown, SIX / PENCE; below, 1887
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), George McArthur, 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
19 mm (Outside Diameter), 2.827 g (Weight)
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