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Gold Half Sovereigns
1937 Royal Mint Proof
22 Carat Gold
|George VI became King unexpectedly following the abdication of
his brother, King Edward VIII, in 1936. A conscientious and dedicated man, he worked hard
to adapt to the role into which he was suddenly thrown. Reserved by nature, and of deep
religious belief, he was helped in his work by his wife. King George VI paid State Visits
to France in 1938, and to Canada and the United States in 1939 becoming the first British
monarch to enter the United States.
His dedication to duty during the Second World War, when he remained for most of the time at Buckingham Palace (the Palace was bombed nine times during the war), and when he and his wife visited severely bombed areas in the East End of London and elsewhere in the country, gained him great popularity.
The 4 Coin Gold set of 1937 was the only gold coins to carry George VI portrait. The set comprising the 5 , 2 Sovereign and Half sovereign was presented in a case into which the coins fitted rather snugly. All these coins were also plain edged, finding these coins without edge bruising can be a rather difficult task.