King Edward VII of the United Kingdom was born November 9, 1841, reigning from 1901 until his death in 1910. To honour King Edward on his birthday, we thought it would be a good idea to have a blog post highlighting a collection of interesting material with his image that has been sold through Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd.
Edward connected with Canada before confederation. As a teenager, in 1860, he went on the first tour of North America by a Prince of Wales where he inaugurated Montréal’s Victoria Bridge, laid the cornerstone of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and witnessed Charles Blondin traverse Niagara Falls on a tightrope. His busy tour was a success.
One of the centrepieces to an Edward VII collection may be a Dominion of Canada 1897, $2 featuring a vignette of the future king as the Prince of Wales next to the familiar fishing dory scene. One of the nicest examples we’ve auctioned realized $6,000 at our Toronto Coin Expo 2016 Spring Sale.
Naturally, some high-grade Canadian coinage with Edward’s effigy would be requisite for any such collection and it would be difficult to find anything more visually appealing than a 1907 25-cent piece graded PCGS MS65 that hammered at $3,100 at our Toronto Coin Expo 2017 Spring Sale.
But if you want to add something truly iconic, a 1908 specimen set in its original case, like the one we had at our 2015 Fall Sale, is a necessity since it’s the first year of operation for our Royal Canadian Mint.
Of course we’ve seen a host of medals with Edward’s likeness that are always a pleasure to handle. Some British-issue examples could be used to build an extremely affordable, yet impressive set.
Edward VII’s final words, to his son, the soon-to-be King George V, upon hearing of the race victory of his horse, Witch of the Air, were, “Yes, I have heard of it. I am very glad.” What’s the favourite Edward VII piece in your collection?