Before King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in December 1937, the Royal Mint created five sets of proposed copper, silver, and gold coins with his image. Now, those sets are among the most valuable items in English numismatics and the only complete 13-coin set in a private collection will be publicly displayed for the first time in the U.S.
This Edward VIII proof set will be on display at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo on February 22-24, 2018. They’ll be part of the Treasures of the Tyrants of the Thames $15 million exhibit of English coins, totaling 500 examples minted in the Thames Valley over the last 1,400 years.
“Because the collection includes the Edward VIII proof set, it is the only privately held collection that contains an example of every portrait coin denomination issued by English monarchs since the early 7th century,” the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, stated.
Three of the four known complete Edward VIII proof sets are owned by Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Mint. A fifth set, minus the coins, was dissolved over the years, with the coins sold separately.
“The Tyrant Collection contains the most valuable collection of English coins in private hands, and the entire coin collection undoubtedly is the world’s most valuable in private hands, worth hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Ira Goldberg, President of Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Inc. in Los Angeles.
“This exhibit at upcoming Long Beach Expo will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many collectors, dealers and the public to see in person some of the world’s most significant rare coins,” added Goldberg, who provided guidance in assembling The Tyrant Collection.
In addition to the Edward VIII coins, other highlights of the three-day exhibit include the finest known example of the first English coin carrying the name of the issuing king, Eadbald, King of Kent; and a gold “Double Leopard” of Edward III, Plantagenet King, which is one of only three examples. There is one of the finest known gold “ship” Ryal coins depicting Elizabeth I, Tudor Queen; a 1770 gold 5 Guineas coin of George III, Hanover King, that is one of the rarest coins in the domination from the English series; and one of the finest known examples of the 1839 Una & the Lion 5 Pound gold coin depicting the young Queen Victoria as “Lady Una” from the Edmund Spencer poem, The Faerie Queene.
The February 2018 Long Beach Expo will be held at the Long Beach, California Convention Center, located at 100 S. Pine Avenue. More information is available at www.LongBeachExpo.com.