Halfpenny 1937 Edward VIII, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Halfpenny 1937 Edward VIII, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinHalfpenny 1937 Edward VIII

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown, Rarity: R7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Halfpenny 1937 Edward VIII - obverse photo

Within a beaded border, the obverse of the coin depicts the bare head (uncrowned) portrait 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.; translated from Latin: 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
United Kingdom / Halfpenny 1937 Edward VIII - reverse photo

A full port view of a three-masted sailing ship, with bowsprit, full rigging and bellowing sails (representation of the Golden Hind of Sir Francis Drake), upon waves the lower outline of which is curved and concentric with the edge of the coin. Above the fore- and after-masts flutter the flags of St Andrew; above the main mast is a pennant incorporating the cross of St George.

Around above, the denomination HALF PENNY; below, the date 1937. In the field, to the right of the stern, the designer's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).

Reverse Inscription HALF PENNY 1937
EdgeEdge Inscription
Notes

Except for a few nickel brass 12-sided threepence coins which escaped the melting pot, no British currency of the reign of King Edward VIII exists. However, some trial proofs were produced. They are listed in Spink with no IDs, and are not listed in Remick or Krause.

References to additional information:

[Book] Freeman, Michael J. 1970. The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain. Motherwell, Scotland, (2016 ed. p106)

See also

The halfpenny coins dated 1937 which were released into circulation bear the portrait of King George VI.

Halfpenny 1937 Edward VIII: References to Information Used
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Freeman, Bronze Coinage of Great Britain 1972 Mint
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Halfpenny 1937 Edward VIII: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeHalfpenny (Pattern)
Issued1937
MonarchKing Edward VIII
EffigyKing Edward VIII - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Face Value1/2 (x Penny)
Mintageunknown, Rarity: R7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
Material
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
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