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Edward VIII Patterns

Obverse of 1936 Pattern Crown
Obverse of 1936 Pattern Crown

Reverse of 1936 Pattern Crown for Great Britain
Reverse of 1936 Pattern Crown for Great Britain

Reverse of 1936 Pattern Crown for Australia
Reverse of 1936 Pattern Crown for Australia

The Pattern Crowns of Edward VIII
Pattern coins, both official and unofficial have been produced for many centuries, and for many reasons. Several different issues of Edward VIII pattern crowns have been issued at various times by different people. Although they should perhaps be treated as interesting fantasy coins or medallions rather than serious patterns, because there were not portrait coins of Edward VIII issued, they do help to fill a gap in twentieth century coin collections.

Edward VIII
It is well known that Edward VIII abdicated because he wished to marry Wallis Simpson, and was never crowned. Edward had become king on the death of his father George V on 20th January 1936, and abdicated on 11th December 1936, marrying Wallis on 3rd June 1937. His actions had created a constitutional crisis which was only narrowly averted by his abdication. On giving up the throne, he was given the title Duke of Windsor, and his wife Wallis became Duchess of Windsor.

Coins of Edward VIII
All British coins of 1936 bear the name and portrait of George V, and all those of 1937 bear the name and portrait of George VI. No British coins were issued bearing the name or portrait of Edward VIII. Some Commonwealth countries issued coins dated 1936 bearing his name, but with no portrait. Pennies and tenth pennies of British West Africa are quite common. Dies and pattern coins for Edward were produced dated 1937 but were never issued for circulation, and remain very rare collectors items. The new twelve sided brass threepence is believed to have been produced in slightly larger quantities than the other pattern coins, for issue on loan to manufacturers of coin operated slot machines. It is likely that a few of these were retained by the manufacturers, and may turn up on the collectors market at some stage, at least one has previously been sold at auction. Because of the rarity of official Edward VIII coins, there are few opportunities for collectors to acquire an officially issued portrait coin of Edward.

Bare head of Edward VIII facing left. The engraver's initials B.M. appear raised on the truncation of the neck.

Reverse - England:
The reverse features a version of Pistrucci's famous St. George and the Dragon design with no inscription except for the date:-

Reverse - Australia:
The Australian reverse features a kangaroo with the inscription:-

Reverse - Ceylon:
The Ceylonese reverse features an elephant with the inscription:-

The edge is usually plain on cupro-nickel versions and milled on silver versions.

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CountryReverseAlloyAvailPrice £Price $
EnglandSt. George & DragonCupro-NickelSold Out£7.95$12.95
CeylonElephantSilverSold Out£24.95$39.95

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