|Coin||Penny 1937 Edward VIII|
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. Some trial proofs were produced, but due to the abdication of the king they were never released.
They are listed in Spink with no IDs, and are not listed in Remick or Krause.
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.. Translated from Latin: Edward the Eighth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India.
The reverse of the coin shows, within a beaded border, the figure of Britannia - the female personification of Great Britain - seated facing right, wearing a crested Corinthian helmet pushed back to reveal her face and a flowing dress, resting her right hand on a shield bearing the combined crosses of the Union Flag, and holding a trident in her left hand.
Around left and right, the value and denomination ONE PENNY.
In exergue, the date 1937.
The design has been slightly modified compared to earlier issues. Britannia is more "statuesque" and is slightly smaller; there is a lighthouse to the left with three incuse windows.
||ONE PENNY 1937
References to additional information:
[Book] Freeman, Michael J. 1970. The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain. Motherwell, Scotland, (2016 ed. pp62-63)