Edward VIII (abdicated) Sovereigns

Edward VIII (abdicated) (1936-1936)

Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication 326 days later on 11 December the same year. Edward was the eldest son of George V and Mary of Teck. The public never got to hold any coins with the portrait of the new King, but some pattern/trial coins did exist.

There was a growing problem with the monarchy. Edward wanted to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American. Parliament was against it and as the King is also head of the Church of England it was unacceptable (in 1936) to marry a divorcee. Edward had another solution: he would no longer be King. So on 11 December 1936 he abdicated the throne and went on to marry Wallis. Edward’s younger brother became King George VI.

 Obverse Reverse1937 Sovereign - Edward VIII Pattern
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