Mint mark: none
John Dean1 reported and illustrated two varieties of the 1914 sixpence.
The first is described as "London, no mintmark, 4 of date close to right arrow"
and the second as "... 4 of date further from right arrow." From Dean's
photographs it is apparent that there are also differences in the alignment and
orientation of the final two digits. Robert Clarke2 lists the "4
of date closer to arrow" variety. Dion Skinner4 illustrates a completely
different variety wherein the second 1 of the date has an indented base but does
not mention the variations described by Dean and Clarke.
My own investigations indicate that the 1914 sixpence has a much more complex
set of varieties than suggested by previous catalogue compilers. I suspect that
working dies were made from a 19__ partial-date puncheon with both the 1 and the
4 being added by hand. I can't be absolutely sure because I've had to work with
very low-grade coins. Of the 18 specimens in my collection, only four rank VG or
Anyway, I have identified at least six varieties of the 1914 sixpence excluding
the "indented 1" variety illustrated by Skinner (which I have not seen).
I strongly suspect that there are more.
One of the several varieties of the 1914 sixpence.
Second 1 leans to the right and is positioned over
the gap between denticles 69 and 70. The 4 is quite far from the right arrow.
Almost the same as the previous variety. Second 1 leans noticeably to the right.
4 is quite upright and a tiny bit closer to the right arrow.
Second 1 is upright and is aligned directly over rim denticle 69. The 4 is almost
upright and is aligned directly over rim denticle 65.
Second 1 is upright and aligned slightly to the left of rim denticle 69. The
4 leans a little to the left, is slighly closer to the right arrow and is aligned
directly over rim denticle 65.
The 4 is even closer to the right arrow and more upright than in previous variety.
4 is very close to right arrow and is aligned slightly to the right of denticle
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