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Thrupenny bit bearing the head of King Edward VIII before he abdicated his throne to marry Wallis Simpson on sale for £30,000

September 20, 2013 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Brass Coins, British Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, The Royal Mint, UK Coins

  • Royal Mint made the 12-sided coin dated 1937 after King George V died

  • Prince Edward succeeded his father but abdicated before his coronation

  • He was succeeded by his brother, King George VI, in December 1936

By SUZANNAH HILLS 17 September 2013 (

An incredibly rare coin bearing the likeness of King Edward VIII which was made before he famously abdicated his throne has emerged for sale for £30,000.

The 12-sided coin, worth just threepence when it was made, was an experimental piece produced by the Royal Mint after the death of King George V.

Edward automatically succeeded his father but abdicated before his coronation so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

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