New Guinea Edward VIII 1936 Penny

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  • One of the few coin types issued during the 326-day reign of Edward VIII.
  • An official, unique Edward VIII penny issue of the Territory of New Guinea.
  • Low mintage issue! Just 360,000 of the 1936 Penny were struck!
  • Superb quality – offered in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
  • Carrying the royal cypher of George VIII!
Do you own a genuine coin of Britain’s King Edward VIII? With very few coins issued during his brief 326-day reign, the answer is probably ‘no’.


With King Edward VIII's abdication due to a constitutional crisis revolving around his determination to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, very few coins were issued during his brief reign. In part, this was due to a raging debate over the official portrait to be used for coins of Great Britain and its empire. Edward refused to follow tradition and have a ‘right facing portrait’, as he felt that the left side was his best. Edward abdicated before the issue could be resolved, and no portrait coins were ever issued for circulation.

Some British territories released coins with no portrait however, meaning that official Edward VIII currency was indeed issued during his reign – including the Territory of New Guinea’s 1936 Penny! Although the mintage was only 360,000, this unique, fascinating coin is still very affordable, even in pristine Brilliant Uncirculated quality.

Simply a must-have for every collector, no matter what your traditional interest, do not miss the chance to own a genuine coin of King Edward VIII.


Crown above central hole flanked by examples of native art depicting nesting birds; royal cypher below (ERI for Edwardvs VIII Rex Imperator - Edward VIII King and Emperor). In tiny letters divided by the crown, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Supplied in a brand new 2x2 coin holder, each of these coins has retained their lustre, and detail magnificently.

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