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.
Bronze Penny: Edward VII
- Alloy: Bronze (95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc)
- Weight: 9.4g
- Diameter: 30.8mm
- Edge: Plain
- Obverse: George William De Saulles (DES)
- Reverse: Harold Wilson Parker (WP)
- 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
- 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:
- Copper Pennies
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- O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Copper Pennies of William IV
- O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Copper Pennies of Victoria
- Bronze Pennies
- O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Bronze Pennies of Victoria
- O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Bronze Pennies of Edward VII
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- O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Pennies Struck by the King’s Norton Mint
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- Copper Pennies
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Would you know if any James 11 large half crowns where made of gold .thanks Eugene
Specimen strikings (also known as proofs or trials) were produced in silver and gold for most months
but these tend to be extremely RARE.
The surviving Gunmoney dies were confiscated by William of Orange and taken back to London. It is thought that some of these dies might have been used to produce ‘additional strikes’ in a variety of metals by staff at The Royal Mint around the end of the 18th C.
– this would not have happened with official approval
– if it did happen, it is likely it was done for a wealthy collector
This type of material is a bit of a ‘hot potato’ so far as collectors are concerned,
so if you are buying, do make sure you are buying from a reputable source.
Of course, do be careful not to confuse genuine coins with modern ‘replicas’ which are, in my opinion,
a complete waste of money and should be banned unless they include the word ‘replica’ on each piece.
There were a few produced (as ‘specimen’, ‘proof’ or ‘trial’ pieces) but they are very rare.
For more info:
O’Brien Coin Guide: James II Gunmoney – the year/month date variations of these unique Irish coins