Great Britain 6 Pence (Crowned Arms and Garter)  1887
Great Britain 6 Pence (Crowned Arms and Garter) 1887

There are other British coins that look like this, but only this one is a sixpence (6d) with a diameter of about 18 mm and a weight of about 3 grams. Other sixpence display the denomination explicitly: SIX PENCE. Only in 1887 was the crowned coat of arms used on the reverse.

Here are approximate catalog values for these coins:

worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $60

Shillings look like this sixpence, with a diameter of 23 mm. If you have a shilling, go to this CoinQuest page.

Use our Important Terminology page to properly interpret the catalog values presented on this page.

Coin: 16873 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: MR.P.WALKER, Sun, 13-Apr-2014 10:06:40 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 14-Apr-2014 03:24:37 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 24-Jun-2015 15:13:21 GMT
Requester description: 1887 HONI.SOIT.QUI.MAL.Y.PENSE... 6d
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I think someone has given me a 'joke' coin! I have a 1887 sixpence(18mm dia) as shown below but the coat of arms is in colour! Do you know what that means? - Fiona
Hey Fiona - people sometimes put enamel on coins to create a novelty item, and I'm guessing that's what happened with your coin. It is typically seen on low-grade coins as an attempt to make them more visually appealing (and therefore sell for more money). This is also done on modern low-value coins, such as the U.S. state quarters. - CoinQuest (Todd)




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