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Re: King Edward VIII: His Place in Numismatics
« Reply #45 on: January 17, 2016, 01:43:57 AM »
A fantasy Edward VIII threepence dated 1936 noticed on eBay today.
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King Edward VIII: His Place in Numismatics
« Reply #46 on: October 21, 2016, 05:24:53 PM »
Rare Edward VIII coin showing profile of monarch's 'better side' goes on display

A rare Edward VIII gold sovereign has gone on display showing how the monarch broke with tradition - by demanding his profile faced in the wrong direction.

Last updated: 21 October 2016, 15:50 BST

A rare Edward VIII gold sovereign has gone on display showing how the monarch broke with tradition - by demanding his profile faced in the wrong direction.

Edward thought his left side, showing the side parting in his hair, was better than his right, which featured a solid fringe, and insisted this was used.

He was breaking with tradition because coins struck following the accession of a monarch normally show the new King or Queen looking in the opposite direction to royal profiles on their predecessor's coins.

The gold sovereign - part of a commemorative set - was never issued because just as the Royal Mint was gearing up to produce a full set of coins the King dramatically abdicated, renouncing the throne on December 10 1936 to be with American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

At the time the Royal Mint's reducing machines were at work miniaturising the designs to coin and medal sizes and punches and dies for striking the coins were being made.

Coin production was scheduled to begin at 8am on January 1 1937 but was abandoned, and today all that exists are some extremely rare patterns and trial pieces including the sovereign, and a number of coins with private collectors.

Humphrey Paget created the coinage portrait of Edward and on one occasion when he went to have a sitting with the King, the monarch did not turn up and could not be found and a courtier reportedly said "this would never have happened in his father's time".

Graham Dyer, senior curator at the Royal Mint, said: "The tradition of the monarch's head facing in the opposite direction to his predecessor dates back to King Charles II in the 17th Century, so according to this tradition, Edward VIII's effigy should have faced to the right.

"Instead, Edward VIII insisted that his profile face left on the coin, so that the parting of his hair was visible. He thought that this was his better side, and that inclusion of the parting would break up what might otherwise look like a solid fringe of hair."

Following his abdication, Edward VIII requested a set of the coins as a memento, but his brother George VI declined as they had never been issued, were not deemed to be official UK coinage and had not gone through the Royal Proclamation process.

Edward, who was known to his family by his 7th forename of David, and Mrs Simpson married in June 1937 following her second divorce.

They became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and spent most of the rest of their lives in exile in France, with the duke dying in 1972 and the duchess in 1986.

The rare sovereign has gone on display at the Royal Mint Experience, the Royal Mint's new visitor attraction in Llantrisant, South Wales.

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King Edward VIII: His Place in Numismatics
« Reply #47 on: December 17, 2016, 07:41:47 AM »
Happened to spot this Gibraltar crown depicting King Edward VIII. He looks so modern on this coin... ;)

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Re: King Edward VIII: His Place in Numismatics
« Reply #48 on: March 02, 2018, 04:09:49 AM »
https://coinweek.com/education/coin-exhibits/inaugural-exhibit-of-tyrant-collection-treasures-includes-first-usa-display-of-rare-1937-edward-viii-proof-set/

This was up for viewing at Long Beach last month and included one of the 4? complete British Edward VIII proof sets. Heard the exhibit itself was fabulous.

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Re: King Edward VIII: His Place in Numismatics
« Reply #49 on: May 08, 2020, 10:59:09 PM »
From September 2019:

A UK auction record for a copper coin was set when a rare Edward VIII 1937 pattern penny sold at Spink & Son.

Rare King Edward VIII’s abdication coin makes UK auction record

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Re: King Edward VIII: His Place in Numismatics
« Reply #50 on: June 28, 2020, 06:16:23 PM »
From the Guardian newspaper:

British state 'covered up plot to assassinate King Edward VIII'

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In 1936, an MI5 informant called George McMahon tried to assassinate King Edward VIII as he rode his horse near Buckingham Palace. Just as he was taking aim with a revolver, a woman in the crowd grabbed his arm and a policeman punched him, causing the weapon to fly into the road and strike the monarch’s mount.

At his Old Bailey trial, McMahon insisted that a foreign power had paid him to kill the king and that he had deliberately bungled the assassination. Portrayed as a fantasist, he was convicted on a lesser offence of “unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition to endanger life” and imprisoned for 12 months.

Now claims of a cover-up at the highest level have emerged following the discovery of the would-be assassin’s memoir, in which he detailed the plot, his subsequent arrest and trial.

The previously unpublished account was discovered by the historian Alexander Larman, who told the Guardian that its claims are “explosive” because crucial details match those in declassified MI5 documents, including memos of their meetings with him.

Larman said: “McMahon’s account corroborates a large amount of previously confidential and sealed MI5 documentation in the National Archives, which reveals that McMahon was also a paid MI5 informant who was passing them information about the workings of the Italian embassy in his guise as a double agent.

“McMahon informed MI5 that there would be an attempt on Edward’s life in the summer of 1936, but they ignored his information, dismissing him as unreliable. When this indeed took place on 16 July, it became hugely embarrassing to the country and a cover-up took place.”

“It is entirely possible that MI5 were aware of McMahon’s planned attempt and were happy to let him assassinate Edward, thereby removing an internationally embarrassing monarch with believed Nazi sympathies from the throne. Or, alternatively, simply that they were embarrassed by their arrogance and incompetence.”
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