Definition of sixpence in English:



  • 1A coin worth six old pence (21/2 p), withdrawn in 1980.

    • ‘In 1949, lunch cost seven shillings and sixpence - or 37 pence.’
    • ‘Best known as the maker of the state's first coinage, issuing shillings, sixpence, and threepence silver coins in 1783, Chalmers's marked domestic silver is exceedingly rare.’
    • ‘Tea Coffee and other refreshments were always ready and a good meal could be had for one shilling and sixpence.’
    • ‘Lesley and I were in the school orchestra together in Bury in the days of sixpences and Herman's Hermits.’
    • ‘In 1980, the government announced the withdrawal of the sixpence coin on June 30th.’
    • ‘Regarding the purchasing power of a shilling it is a remarkable fact that in 1939 a sixpence would purchase a glass of beer, a packet of Woodbines and a box of matches and leave a halfpenny change.’
    • ‘Mr Harold Boardman, Labour MP for Leigh, is to ask the Secretary to the Treasury on Tuesday whether he is aware of the inconvenience caused in the Manchester district due to the shortage of sixpences and shillings.’
    • ‘In a leather purse was a £5 note, some small notes, and a number of shillings and sixpences above the value of £10.’
    • ‘In very little time my order arrived in a small plastic container and I paid the shilling and sixpence that the meal cost.’
    • ‘The rent was only three shillings and sixpence a week, and a further three shillings and sixpence for a week's breakfasts.’
    • ‘Alfred gets nineteen shillings and sixpence for a full week.’
    • ‘Haig separated half-crowns, sixpences and other redundant coins out of the pile, then he began to sort the rest into £1 units.’
    • ‘And six coins were recovered including a florin, a sixpence, two pennies and two half pennies.’
    • ‘The meters have universal slots which allow the use of tickeys, sixpences and shillings.’
    • ‘He was paid three shillings and sixpence a week - equivalent to just over 18 pence in today's terms.’
    • ‘In the spirit of the time, a whip-round was carried out and I was soon clutching a fist-full of pennies and ha'pennies to make up my sixpence.’
    • ‘Back when I was a kid we used to put pennies, thruppences, sixpences, and shillings in our money boxes.’
    • ‘Each Monday we took our thruppences and sixpences to school, where for an hour or so the teachers acted as unpaid bank tellers while they entered our weekly savings into our little bank books.’
    • ‘As it was pirated, so the price crept up, ninepence, one shilling, one shilling and sixpence, half-a-crown, and then it came out in instalments.’
    • ‘Many of the older people in the town, including myself, have memories of the 1950s, when the New Towns Commission decided to increase rents by two shillings and sixpence per week.’
    1. 1.1The sum of six pence, especially before decimalization (1971).