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The 1953 sixpence was the first to bear Queen Elizabeth II’s Head. It also marked the first year of the design on the reverse of the coin. First issued in 1551 the sixpence coin became the nation’s favourite over more than 400 years. The last time any sixpence was struck was 1970, they continued to be legal tender until 30/06/1980. The 1953 sixpence design represents the 4 home nations. The rose for England, the leek for Wales, the thistle for Scotland and the shamrock from Northern Ireland. The initial CT and EF appear for the designers Cecil Thomas and Edgar Fuller. The text FID DEF translates to ‘Defender of the Faith’. On the obverse (front) the text translates to ‘Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Britains. Struck by the Royal Mint when at Tower Hill in London, from cupro nickel. This genuine original sixpence has been polished by hand and plated with platinum in Birmingham’s Historic Jewellery Quarter.
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