It was really a pretty little coin: The English 6d of Oak sprigs and acorns ~ The sixpence, known colloquially as the tanner, or half-shilling, was a British pre-decimal coin, worth six (pre-1971) pence, or 1/40th of a pound sterling. The first sixpences were struck in the reign of Edward VI in 1551 and continued until they were rendered obsolete by decimalisation in 1971.
These simple spinning tops are a fun craft for kids to make, and you probably have all of the materials on hand at home! A few weeks ago, we went to our local science museum, and they had penny tops in the gift shop. They were made out of wooden disks and a penny, and...Read More »