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1936 New Zealand Edward VIII Fantasy Crown


1936 New Zealand Edward VIII Fantasy Crown

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Groomed to be King, Edward VIII was appointed to the British throne in 1936, but fell in love with Wallis Simpson, an American twice divorced and an unacceptable prospect for Queen! Edward VIII relinquished his title eleven months later, before ever being crowned. He was the only British monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne.

Now own the fantasy crowns that recall the shortest reigning British monarch in history. England intended to strike coins for Edward VIII, but dies were scrapped when he abdicated, and none was ever issued for circulation. These exquisite crown-size designs were created in 1954 by collector Geoffrey Hearn to show what the coins of Edward VIII might have looked like. In 1984, Hearn's original dies were purchased and these proof-like Choice Uncirculated fantasy crowns were privately struck in cupro-nickel for collectors.

  • Product Type: Single Products
  • Year: 1936