Edward VII Coins
Edward VII was King of Great Britain and the Emperor of India from 1901 until 1910. The eldest son of Queen Victoria, Edward was related to royalty throughout Europe. His time as Prince of Wales was marred by scandal and he gained a reputation as the Playboy Prince.
Coins from his short reign are very limited with only one Crown being minted in 1902, and several gold Sovereigns.
Born in 1841, Edward VII would wait a long time to become King. His mother, Queen Victoria, ruled for the second longest period in British history (recently overtaken by Elizabeth II). By the time he ascended the throne he was 59 years old and already had a reputation for a decadent, high-society lifestyle.
As King he used his relationship and education to foster relations across Europe, eventually being known as the ‘Uncle of Europe’. Political clashes between Conservatives and Liberals would mar the last few years of his life and would not be resolved until after his death.
Edward died in May 1910, aged 68. As a regular smoker, Edward increasingly suffered from Bronchitis as he neared the end of his life. On the day of his death he suffered from several heart attacks but refused to rest, being quoted as saying: “No, I shall not give in; I shall go on; I shall work to the end.” The crown passed to his second son, George V.