The British sixpence was minted from 1551 to decimalisation in 1971. It is a small coin worth six pence, half a shilling or a 40th of a pound sterling. The sixpence was sterling silver until 1920, half silver until 1946 and cupro-nickel from 1947 to the end. When my husband was at school, a silver sixpence was baked into the Christmas pudding for some lucky lad to find (if he didn't choke on it). Sixpence coins are considered lucky and are often worn as charms.
This 1922 sixpence, from the reign of George V, is 19mm in diameter, and just under three grams of silver. The design is a modified version of a shilling design by George William de Saulles. This old coin has seen a lot of handling; I wonder how many Christmas puddings it lived through?
PERMISSIONS: The British Crown holds and administers the copyright for decimal coins (Royal Mint Policy Statement). UK currency was decimalised in 1971. This coin is pre-decimal currency and is no longer legal tender.