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Having said that, you ought to have talked to a physician about it.
The original 6d coin was silver; it wouldn't do any harm if you swallowed it.(In case anyone wonders, we do mean 6d rather than 6p- it's our old coinage, prior to decimalisation)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimalisation#UK_and_Ireland
The silver content followed the pattern of other silver coins. They were sterling silver until 1920, when they were reduced to 50 percent silver. The last 50-percent-silver sixpence was minted in 1946; they were changed to cupro-nickel from 1947 onwards.As the supply of silver thruppeny bits (see threepence) slowly disappeared, sixpences replaced them as the coins that were put into Christmas puddings and children would hope to be the lucky one to find the sixpence, no doubt also encouraging children to eat their pudding.They have also been seen as a lucky charm for brides. There is an old rhyme which goes "Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue, And a sixpence for her shoe."