George V Coins
George V was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India from 1910 until 1936. George’s reign saw a time of radical political change in both the UK and across the world. Within a few years of taking the throne, he was faced with the outbreak of World War I. Coins produced during this time include Crowns and Sovereigns.
Born in 1865, George was the second son of King Edward VII. At the age of eighteen he joined the Royal Navy but, upon the death of his older brother, he was forced to leave given his new status as heir to the throne.
The first few years of his rule were incredibly volatile politically. The Parliament act of 1911 saw powers stripped from the unelected House of Lords and given to the Liberal government. When WWI began in 1914 public opinion towards the German Kaiser, the King’s first cousin, was incredibly hostile and in 1917 the name of the royal house was changed to Windsor in order to appease them.
A heavy smoker, George suffered from poor health for the last two years of his life and spent time recuperating in Bognor, Sussex. George died at Sandringham House in 1936. He was succeeded by his eldest son Edward VIII who abdicated within a year, at which point George VI became King.
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