Great Britain 1948 6 pence

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 24416
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24416 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[1] noted, "George VI Proof Sixpence 1948, PR66 Cameo PCGS, a beauty having bright silvery mirrored fields. Very rare in this elite state of preservation. Only two dates fall within this style of design struck in copper-nickel." This type was issued in large numbers 1947-48 but the proofs are rare. Sixpences minted 1937-46 were .500 fine silver, sixpences of 1949-52 dropped the "IND IMP" from the king's titles.

Recorded mintage: 88,324,000 plus proofs (highest mintage sixpence prior to 1954).

Specification: copper-nickel, 19.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S-4105, KM 862.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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