O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Bronze Pennies of Edward VII


Introduction:

The GB & Ireland “Edward VII” pennies are an easy series to collect as there is only one major variety (the 1902 low tide) and that too is not exactly scarce. As with all of the earlier GB & Ireland bronzes, the highest grades command a significant premium and the coins in the lower grades are still quite common.

1902 GB & Ireland bronze penny (Edward VII, high & low tide varieties)

1902 GB & Ireland bronze penny (Edward VII, high & low tide varieties)

Bronze Penny: Edward VII

  • Alloy: Bronze (95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc)
  • Weight: 9.4g
  • Diameter: 30.8mm
  • Edge: Plain
  • Designers
    • Obverse: George William De Saulles (DES)
    • Reverse: Harold Wilson Parker (WP)
1908 GB & Ireland bronze penny (Edward VII)

1908 GB & Ireland bronze penny (Edward VII)

Obverse:

  • Bare head of King Edward VII facing right,with the surrounding legend:
    • Legend: +EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
    • Full Latin text: EDWARDVS VII DEI GRATIA BRITANNIARUM OMNIUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR INDIAE IMPERATOR
    • Translation: Edward the Seventh, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India

Reverse:

  • Britannia seated facing right, wearing a helmet, holding a trident, hand resting on a shield, with the words ‘ONE PENNY’ in the fields, and date below.
  • A lighthouse is in the background to the left of Britannia.

Mintage & Market Values:

1902-1910 GB & Ireland bronze penny (Edward VII) mintage & market values

1902-1910 GB & Ireland bronze penny (Edward VII) mintage & market values

 

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