- Great Britain Fantasy -
In 1936 King George V died. Upon his death his eldest son became King Edward VIII. The Monarch is also the head of the Anglican Church. Edward wanted to marry Mrs W. Simpson however the morality of the church at the time would not permit him to marry a divorcee. A crisis developed
which was resolved when Edward abdicated the Throne for himself and any
Edward's eldest brother was crowned King George VI. However during the period from the death of King George V to the abdication of Edward VIII, coins were struck and distributed for a few colonies, including
British West Africa, East Africa and Fiji. None of these were portrait
The Edward VIII coins are keenly sought after because of the brief period that they circulated. To satisfy collector demand fantasy Edward VIII coins were struck for 24 of the Colonies of 1936. The coins have a portrait of Edward VIII on the obverse and the reverse had an image related to the coinage of each particular
The first fantasy pieces were struck about 15 years ago in silver. Since then a bi-metallic has been struck for 21 of
the colonies, and in recent times a tri-metallic has also been struck for
a few of the colonies.
Below are the Obverse of these 3 types and the reverses of the 21 Bi-metallics and the Tri-metallic reverse for Australia.
We have been advised by Coincraft of London that
there were only the above 21