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Coin: Sovereign 1937 Edward VIII (not released)
Description

A circular gold coin (22 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a bare head of Edward VIII facing left; below, the artist's initials HP; around, EDWARDVS VIII D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:.

On the reverse St. George on horseback holding short sword and wearing a helmet, cape and boots, the horse rearing over dragon whose side is pierced by a broken lance, the haft of the lance is on the ground behind the horse; the date, 1937 and artist's initials B.P. in exergue.

After the death of Edward's father, King George V, in January 1936, Edward ascended the throne and proposals for his coinage were produced. Controversially he refused to follow the coinage traditions of facing in the opposite direction to his predecessor and insisted on using his left facing profile that he preferred. The tradition was started with King Charles II who wished to face the opposite way to Oliver Cromwell, and had been followed ever since until Edward.

These coins were not released into circulation. Only one example is available to collectors.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeSovereign (St George)
Year1937 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage6 (6) RarityR6 (4 to 8 examples known)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 6 (6), Rarity: R6 (4 to 8 examples known)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchKing Edward VIII EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)1.5200
Mass (g)7.9881
Obverse

Head and neck of King Edward VIII facing left; below the truncation of the neck, the designer's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget). Around, the monarch's legend EDWARDVS VIII D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP. (Edward the Eighth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India).

Obverse inscription EDWARDVS VIII D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Reverse

St. George on horseback holding short sword and wearing a helmet, cape and boots, the horse rearing over dragon whose side is pierced by a broken lance, the haft of the lance is on the ground behind the horse; in exergue, the date 1937 and artist's initials B.P..

Reverse inscription1937
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Proof only, plain edge.

Sovereign 1937 Edward VIII (not released): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# Pn132
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4063 (Proof set)
Sovereign 1937 Edward VIII (not released): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage
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