Great Britain: King Edward VIII Coronation

Great Britain: King Edward VIII CoronationGreat Britain: King Edward VIII Coronation
Form: Circular with hole at 12 o’clock for suspension ring. The ribbon is red-white-blue.
By: ?
Date: 1937
Ref:  AM2: 241 (similar); Laidlaw: 0342b;
38.5 mmWhite Metal20.6 gm$12

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Bareheaded bust of the King in uniform, right. Legend: “H.M. KING EDWARD VIII”.

Reverse: Shield bearing the arms of the City of London, two laurel sprigs below and on a ribbon below that: “ASCENDED THRONE 20TH JAN 1936”. Below, across: "TO COMMEMORATE THE / CORONATION / OF / KING EDWARD VIII / (ornate line) / 12TH MAY 1937 (in an arc)”. Around the rim at the top: “BRITISH MADE”.

Notes: King Edward VIII (1894-1972) was the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary. Edward became king when his father died in early 1936. He abdicated in December of that year in favour of marriage to the American divorcee Wallis Simpson. The coronation commemorated on this medal never took place. His younger brother was crowned King George VI later in 1937.