Elizabeth II Sixpence

To the uninitiated, there's not much going on in this series. To the microvariety collector, there's plenty.

Two obverses for 1953, as usual, and two reverses for 1955.  Hidden in the mid-sixties, in the last place you'd expect to find one, is one of the most difficult crossover mules to complete.  1964 sixpences occur occasionally with a 1965 obverse, and even scarcer are the 1965 sixpences with a 1964 obverse.  I have never found one of the latter.  To summarise...

 1964 and 1965 6d crossover mule

In addition to all that, there's the strangely stubborn 1958, which seems to be much more difficult in top grade than it ought to be.


1953 1+A
1953 1+A

1953 2+A
1953 2+A

1954
1954

1955 1+B
1955 1+B

1955 1+C
1955 1+C

1956
1956

1957
1957

1958
1958

1959
1959

1960
1960

1961
1961

1962
1962

1963
1963

1964 3+C
1964 3+C

1964 4+C
1964 4+C

1965 3+D
1965 4+D
1965 4+D

1966
1966
1967
1967


1953

Obverse 1 was originally the scarcer of the two 1953 coins, as it was only found in the plastic sets, and 1.3 million of those were issued, compared to more than 70 million Obverse 2s. As circulation took its toll, and as more plastic sets were split, Obverse 1 gradually became commoner in high grade. It is now quite unusual to find an Uncirculated Obverse 2. Not Rare, by any means, but unusual.

1953 1+A Obverse 1

L of LIZ at a bead

I of LIZ to the right of a bead

2nd A in GRATIA to the right of a bead

+ to the right of a bead
1953 1+A
1953 2+A Obverse 2

L of LIZ to the right of a bead

I of LIZ to the left of a bead

2nd A in GRATIA to the left of a bead

+ to the left of a bead
1953 2+A


1954

1954 1954

1955

Davies estimates the two reverses to be of similar abundance.  I concur.

1955 1+B Reverse B

F of FID at a bead

D of FID
at a bead

I of FID
at a bead

  I of SIX between beads
1955 1+B
1955 1+C Reverse C

F of FID between beads

D of FID
between beads

I of FID
between beads

I of SIX to the right of a bead
1955 1+C


1956

1956 1956

1957

1957 1957

1958

1958 1958

1959

1959 1959

1960

1960 1960

1961

1961 1961

1962

1962 1962

1963

1963 1963

1964

1964 3+C Obv 3

A of GRATIA between beads

VERY COMMON
1964 3+C
1964 4+C Obv 4

A of GRATIA at a bead

SCARCE
1964 4+C

1965

No photo - I have never had this coin
Obv 3

A of GRATIA between beads

RARE
No photo - I have never had this coin
1965 4+D Obv 4

A of GRATIA at a bead

VERY COMMON
1965 4+D

Here's a full comparison sheet for the two obverses. What makes this one numismatically interesting is that it is a crossover mule - what this means is that rather than change both sides of the coin at the same time, as no doubt planned, a few 1964s were produced with the new obverse, and a few 1965s were produced with the old obverse.

 1964 and 1965 6d Obverse comparison sheet

1966

1966 1966

1967

1967 1967