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All the coins minted in the early hammered period were undated. Coins from the early issues are rare but later examples are more common. The milled sixpence was first struck in 1674 and had a relatively short span of eleven years. Coins exist in all grades and are very desirable Coins. prices tend to be high.

King James II - 1686 - 1688

The king James II sixpence is a fairly simple and yet elegant coin. They are dated but show no provenance marks. Coins exist in all grades but collectors would pay premium prices for a King James II sixpence in Extra Fine condition.

King William and Queen Mary - 1693 - 1694

Sixpences were only issued in the last two years of the reign of King William and Queen Mary and therefore examples are not very common. Coins can be found in most grades and prices rise steeply for the better grades

King William III - 1695 - 1701

The coinage of King William III is quite complex and Queen many variations were created compounded by a plethora of errors in the minting process. The result of all this means that some coins can reach very high prices compared to coins that to the untrained eye look identical. An interesting feature of these coins are the provenance marks; Plumes on the reverse or below the head indicate that the silver used was from Welsh mines and Roses indicate silver from mines in the west of England was used

A large number of sixpences were minted under the reign of Queen Anne, this resulted in the dies becoming worn reducing the clarity of the impression on the coin. The coins were well circulated adding to the wear and tear. The outcome of these factors is that coins in the higher grades are difficult to find and attract high prices.
Provenance marks were as for King William III with the addition of Roses and Plumes for silver from "The Company for smelting down Lead with Pitcoale and Seacole". The coins minted in 1703 are especially noteworthy because they bear the legend VIGO below the queens head. These coins were made from silver captured from Spanish galleons at Vigo bay in 1702.

Queen Anne - 1703 - 1711

King George I - 1717 - 1726

King George I Louis of Hanover introduced the Arms of Brunswick-Luneberg with the crown of Charlemagne to the reverse side of the sixpence. The coins are unusual in that every one has a provenance mark denoting where the silver was mined.

King George II - 1728 - 1758

The sixpences of 1745/6 have a fascinating provenance mark of LIMA - this denotes that the coin was made from silver captured from the Spanish by Admiral Anson in his epic and at the same time disastrous world voyage. In 1746 the head depicting King George II was changed - coins from the earlier 'young head' years should be collected in Very Fine condition if possible. The 'old head' coins tend to be clearer and good examples exist from 1757/8.



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Part 1 History Milled  Sixpence Coinage