"the tickets cost sixpence"
Elizabeth 1st. sixpences (1571)
Public DomainElizabeth 1st. sixpences (1571) - Credit: Anakin 101, Wikimedia Commons
Elizabeth 2nd. sixpences (1958)
Public DomainElizabeth 2nd. sixpences (1958) - Credit: Anakin 101, Wikimedia Commons

The sixpence was a British coin minted between the 16th Century and decimalisation of United Kingdom coinage in 1971. It was worth the equivalent of 2.5 new pence.

Until 1920, sixpences were made entirely of sterling silver, but the use of silver was later phased out; from 1947, sixpences were made of cupro-nickel.

 

Victorian sixpence
Public DomainVictorian sixpence - Credit: Anakin 101, Wikimedia Commons