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22 Jan 2016

King Edward VIII pattern Medals / Coins/ Tokens

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King Edward VIII coinage is very rare.

This king fell in love with an American women and gave up his Kingship in order to be with the women he loved.

For many this was perhaps an act of betrayal to the country but, his act may be seen as an inspiration by many to be a noble and just cause in pursuit of happiness.

As with all things, obtaining any known mintage coinage of Edward VIII has now became most sought after. I started becoming interested a few years back in collecting some 'pattern' coinage that would probably be described as modern medals.
These medals (often referred to as fantasy coinage) was first minted by a London coin Dealer, Geoffrey Hearn. A close friend of his, Richard Lobel then purchased the dies from him and commenced making a redesigned series that included sovereigns and crowns in different metals. Several other dealers then also obtained a few of these dies (now worn down) , touched the dies up and minted additional medals / fantasy coins.

Although these fantasy pattern coins are modern issues re ranging from 1954 to say 2000, they tend to hold a fair market value, especially the coins minted by Hearn and Pobjoy mint.

My book on South Africa Numismatic Pocket Guide  (pic attached) lists only the South Africa Edward VIII coinage but Giordano's book (pic attached) covers the majority of issues.

You can also view my coin collection on Edward VIII pattern collection on the NGC website at:

https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/WCM/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=13429

In relative to numismatists, further information on these coins was part of the Patina collection action in 2001. Other than that, not much is really known on exact mintage figures etc.

In terms of collecting I welcome other ANA members to list any Edward VIII memorabilia or coins, tokens etc of Edward VIII to share on the blog and provide comments for discussion.

Comments

user_7579

Level 4

Thank you for this info and the link.

Mike B

Level 6

I enjoyed the blog a lot. I do know the story. It's right out of a book. A wonderful love story. I also like medals. Great combination and thanks for the pictures.

Morganthebrave

Level 2

Thanks Captain Mike! Been awhile since I last updated. NGC have also launched their Journal / Chat board which keeps me pinned down with chatting! I would very much love to place an article in the ANA newsletter - its always good to read about world coinage or paper money. Sort of gives the newspaper an international flavor.

user_9998

Level 5

Lost King Eddie, I call him. I'm really into history, so these hold lots of appeal for me.

Morganthebrave

Level 2

Thanks User 9998. Not much really known about him but he was true to his wife. As there was so little coins minted of him, there are nice modern pattern medals/ coins that are very attractive / eye appeal. The coins to collect are the Pobjoy mint , Dam of Leeds (hard to come by) and the most popular and best investment of the Geoffrey Hearn's mintage's (1954/5).

ShriekenGriffon

Level 5

those coins are beautiful

Morganthebrave

Level 2

Thanks Shrieken Griffon Nice of you to have looked.

user_7180

Level 5

Thanks for the history lesson! Great information to share!!!

Morganthebrave

Level 2

Thanks user 7180 - Knowledge is everything. History untold is history lost.

Lincoln Lover

Level 3

I have always been fascinated by King Edward VIII. I did not know that any portrait coins were made for him.

Morganthebrave

Level 2

Yes - it is awesome that he chose an American women over a British one! Obviously American women are the best :) (in the eyes of King Edward VII of course). His issue coins are rare and command a major premium.

Lincoln Lover

Level 3

Amazing

Morganthebrave

Level 2

Appreciate the feedback!

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Nice Blog. Thanks for taking the time to share.

Morganthebrave

Level 2

Thanks Champion - glad you looked.

Kid Morgans

Level 4

Awesome! Thanks for the info on foreign coins! I never knew! : )

Morganthebrave

Level 2

Thanks Kid Morgans....

Morganthebrave

Level 2

Thanks Kellen

Kellen

Level 5

Great blog!

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