King Edward VII 1901 - 1910 - Bronze 

Farthing Details:

  • Diameter : 20mm, Weight : 2.834g Total weight (all minted coins) 123611.3kg (136.26 short tons)
  • Total Mintage (all years) - 43,617,280 
  • Value ranges from £1.00 - £55.00 depending on condition and type 

Obverse Design:

  • Edward's bust facing right, abbreviated legend is as follows:
  • EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP
  • (Edward VII by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India)

Reverse Design:

  • Seated Britannia  facing right, holding a shield and trident, with the word "FARTHING" above and the date below.
  • George William de Saulles was responsible for the engraving of the dies for the Edward VII farthings. The reverse remained very similar to the last Victorian farthings.

All of the Edward VII farthings were chemically darkened and had the Brittania reverse in the same style as Veiled Head Victorian ones. The obverse used the standard portrait of the King.

Hardest dates to collect (Hardest First): 1910 and 1904

The History of King Edward VII

Edward VII was brought up strictly under a very rigorous educational regime by his parents, who had unrealistic expectations of his abilities.

During his mother's reign, he undertook public duties (including working on Royal Commissions in the field of social issues), but he was excluded by his mother from acting as her deputy until 1898.

Edward was 59 when he became king, having been heir apparent for longer than anyone else in British history.

Criticised for his social life, Edward's main interests lay in foreign affairs, and military and naval matters.

Fluent in French and German, Edward made a number of visits abroad (in 1904, he visited France - a visit which helped to create the atmosphere which made the subsequent Anglo-French entente cordiale possible); he was related to nearly every Continental sovereign and came to be known as the 'Uncle of Europe'.

Edward also played an active role in encouraging military and naval reforms, pressing for the reform of the Army Medical Service and the modernisation of the Home Fleet.

In the last year of his life he was involved in the constitutional crisis brought about by the refusal of the Conservative majority in the Lords to pass the Liberal budget of 1909.

Edward died before the situation could be resolved by the Liberal victory in the election in 1910.
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