1987 Edward VIII Pattern Gold Crown - Fantasy Piece
1987 gold 'Pattern' crown / medallion issued in the year of the Windsor Jewels sale. Edward VIII "Pattern" "coins" are common, but they are all unofficial fantasy coins, without any legal tender or official status.
Windsor Jewels Auction
We can think of little historical reason for this medallion or "fantasy pattern crown" to be issued in 1987, apart from the fact that this was the year when the Windsor Jewels were sole at auction. There was much interest in "Windsorabilia", anything remotely connected to the Duke of Duchess of Windsor was being marketed, and bought.
It was 51 years since Edward VIII acceeded and abdicated, and 1972 when he died, so none of these dates give rise to any notable annniversary.
We are aware that many collectors would like to add a coin of Edward VIII to their collection. Any British portrait coins of Edward would be prohibitively expensive if they ever came to market. There are the 1936 Edward VIII coins from British West Africa, British East Africa, Fiji, and New Guinea, but none of these carry a portrait.
Nine Carat Gold Alloy
We also think thatm if you are going to produce a gold medallion or pattern coin, then make it in a coinage metal such as 22 carat gold (91.66% pure), not 9 carat (only 37.5%), however we cannot change what already exists.
The obverse has a portrait, facing left, of Edward, with the legend:
EDWARD KING AND EMPEROR
20.1.36 - 22.12.36
The reverse shows a beaver on a small island, with the word CANADA above, and the date in the exergue:
The edge is plain, except for a London hallmark, with a sponsor's mark PD, and the date letter "a".
Medallion - Unofficial Fantasy Pattern Crown||38.15||25.00||.375||0.3014
Denomination = Face Value
Diameter = Approximate Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.
Alloy = Fineness of gold.
AGW = Actual fine gold weight in troy ounces.
Prices & Availability
All prices are subject to fluctuation. The prices quoted in the US $ column may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.
Our price for these will normally include a modest premium over the actual gold content.
Date||Description||Mintage||Availability||Price £||Price $US
1987||Medallic Unofficial Fantasy Pattern Crown Edward VIII Canada||N/A||Yes||£Ask||$Ask
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Pattern gold coins, official or otherwise. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.
Obverse of 1987 Unofficial Fantasy Pattern Gold Crown
Medals & Medallions Index
Beaver on Reverse of 1987 Unofficial Fantasy Pattern Gold Crown