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Information about effigy: King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom / Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget

PersonKing Edward VIII of the United Kingdom
Year1937
Description

Uncrowned portrait of King Edward VIII to left.

This effigy was designed by Thomas Humphrey Paget (rendered more often as just Humphrey Paget).

Thomas Humphrey Paget OBE (13 August 1893 – May 1974) was an English medal and coin designer and modeller. Paget's designs are indicated by the initials 'HP'.

Paget was first approached by the Royal Mint in 1936 after the accession of King Edward VIII. Paget's recommendation had come via his earlier design for the obverse of a medal featuring the then-Prince of Wales. After some controversy regarding the direction the monarch was to face on the coinage (it had been tradition for each successive monarch to face in the opposite direction to the predecessor; Edward felt that the features of his left were better than his right), Paget's work was approved in two slightly differing designs: one for silver and another for non-silver. However Edward's abdication meant that, apart from a few trial dies, Paget's designs never reached the minting stage.

The few existing coins that use this effigy are specimen or trial strikes.

List of 6 coins issued carrying effigy: Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
CountryNameYearMintageLegend
United Kingdom Threepence 1937 (Silver, Edward VIII) 1937 unknown EDWARDVS VIII D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Sovereign 1937 Edward VIII (not released) 1937 6 EDWARDVS VIII D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Five Pounds 1937 Edward VIII (not released) 1937 unknown EDWARDVS VIII D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Two Pounds 1937 Edward VIII (not released) 1937 unknown EDWARDVS VIII D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Penny 1937 Edward VIII (not released) 1937 unknown EDWARDVS VIII D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1937 Edward VIII (not released) 1937 unknown EDWARDVS VIII D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.