Pre­cious Coins

This England - - Nelson's Column -

Sir: Re­gard­ing “Ed­ward VIII’S Coins” (“Post Box”, Win­ter 2016) the cor­re­spon­dent cor­rectly stated that coins in the name of this king were is­sued “in cer­tain parts of the for­mer Bri­tish Em­pire”. The other cur­ren­cies were: Fiji, New Guinea and Bri­tish West Africa. All of these is­sues carry Ed­ward’s name and ti­tles, none of them carry his por­trait and all have holes in the cen­tre for rea­sons given in the pre­vi­ous let­ter.

A few proof sets of Bri­tish coins were struck and some of the do­decago­nal three­penny bits got into cir­cu­la­tion. If you own one of these they are now valued at £50,000 each!

In the 1960s a lo­cal shop­keeper drew my at­ten­tion to a shilling which had been passed over his counter to make a pur­chase. Although very worn it could still be iden­ti­fied as a coin of King Charles II (1660-1685). It had long ceased to be le­gal ten­der, but was still do­ing the rounds as currency. — DAVID A. MOSLEY,


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