Finding a sixpence in a Christmas pudding is a sign of luck. In 2016, new sixpence decimals were minted by the Royal Mint as commemorative editions to celebrate Christmas. These coins have since been produced for each year and are minted in sterling silver. The first six pences of James I bear the reverse alternative inscription EXVRGAT DEVS DISSIPENTVR INIMICI, which means “Let God rise and his enemies be scattered”, and after 1604 becomes QVAE DEVS CONIVNXIT NEMO SEPARET, which means: “What God has assembled, let no one tear it apart”.  Charles I Sixpences follows the usual design, except that coins minted after 1630 do not bear a date, and the inverted inscription reads CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO, which means “I reign under the patronage of Christ.”  A crown (five shillings) existed, but it was rare and was only used for ceremonial purposes. I don`t remember ever seeing one. Another piece I never saw was the farthing, which was worth a quarter penny. At the end of 1960, it ceased to be legal tender, but was rarely used for some time before that date. A ten-shilling note and banknotes worth more than one pound were available. I love the History Channel`s “Curse of Oak Island” series on archaeological digs in Nova Scotia. They get so excited when they can discover pieces similar to the ones you`re writing here. It really helps them understand who was there and when they were there.
The Sixpence was killed by Margaret Thatcher, so £3.5 million could be earned by melting down the old coins. The sixpence seems to have been the most popular coin and to have been the most missed after decimalization. It is often associated with luck and is traditionally used at weddings and baptisms. The Royal Mint still produces Threepenny Bits in very small numbers to be part of the Maundy Money ensembles. Maundy Thursday is the eve of Good Friday. It is traditionally the day when the monarch gives money to a group of elderly people as a symbolic way to give alms. None of the sixpence coins issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth have silver content. The last sixpence coins circulated in 1967, although some were issued in 1970 in special editions for collectors. Sixpence is a traditional part of hectic Sunday.
In Anglican tradition, it is the last Sunday before the beginning of Advent. This is traditionally the day when Christmas pudding is prepared. However, the name “stir” does not come from cooking. It comes from the collection of the day as written in the Book of Common Prayer above. A collection is a prayer at the beginning of a service designed to help people gather their thoughts and focus on what is to come. Thank you for sharing an interesting story of the use of English coins and your childhood memories. The sixpence and the shilling can no longer be used as currency, but they certainly live off literature. Given that the currency is so closely tied to British culture, it`s understandable that the euro doesn`t have much value to them, so to speak. The British sixpence coin (/ˈsɪkspəns/), sometimes known as the tanner or six penny, was a denomination of sterling coins worth 1⁄40 pounds or half a shilling. It was first minted in 1551 during the reign of Edward VI and circulated until 1980. The coin was made of silver from its introduction in 1551 until 1947 and cupronickel thereafter.
The British government announced this month that the sixpence would no longer be legal tender after June 30. The sixpence was sometimes called a tanner. According to the Royal Mint, the alternative name probably dates back to the 1800s and is probably derived from the Roma gypsy word “fawn,” meaning “small.” However, there are other theories about the origin of the name. This type of sixpence was minted as part of a new gold and silver coin to commemorate Queen Victoria`s Golden Jubilee – fifty years on the throne, 1837-1887. The coins all shared a new obverse of the Queen`s Jubilee by Joseph Edgar Boehm, adapted from his own Jubilee Medal. The new obverse proved unpopular and was only used until 1893. The reverse is adapted from the second Sixpence edition by King George IV (1824–1826), which corresponds to King George IV`s shilling issued from 1823 to 1825. However, this denomination was so close to half gold in size and design that it led to widespread scams by gilding this type of coin and making it look like semi-sovereign. Production of the inverted Sixpence shield was quickly halted and replaced later that year with a new coin with the words SIX PENCE in a crown on the reverse with the new Jubilee obverse – resulting in the unique situation of having three different Sixpence models with the same date.