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Edward VII 1901 - 1910

On the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 the royal house took the Germanic surname of her consort Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. King Edward VII, who reigned until 1910, was to be the only sovereign of that dynasty to reign in Britain.

The House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha descended in the male line from the Wettin family, German Prince-Electors of Saxony, the earliest traceable member of the House of Wettin was Thiedericus who died in 982, who was probably based in the Liesgau. Its earliest known ancestors pushed pushing the frontier of Germany eastward into formerly Slav territory. They acquired their name from their castle on the bank of the Saale river.

At the height of World War I, when German xenophobia had reached boiling point, Edward VII's son, King George V (1910- 1936) changed the family name to the more English sounding House of Windsor.

Members of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha occupied the thrones of other European countries, including Belgium, Portugal and Bulgaria.

1909 Edward VII milled gold half sovereign

1910 Edward VII milled silver one shilling (12 pence)
1905 Edward VII milled silver six pence
1910 Edward VII milled silver 6 pence
1903 Edward VII milled silver sixpence
1903 Edward VII milled silver 6 pence
1910 Edward VII milled silver 6 pence
1902 Edward VII milled silver shilling
1907 Edward VII milled silver sixpence
 
1906 Edward VII milled silver sixpence
 

George V 1910 - 1936

George V's embodied diligence and duty and sought to represent his subjects, rather than define government policy as his predecessors Victoria and Edward had.

George was born on 3 June 1865 in London, the second son of the Prince of Wales. When George was 18 he went into the Royal Navy, but the death of his elder brother in 1892 meant he had to leave a career he enjoyed, as he was now heir to the throne. He married his elder brother's fiancée, Princess Mary of Teck, and they had six children. In 1901 George's father became king and in May 1910, George himself became king. His reign began amid a constitutional crisis over the government's attempt to curb the power of the House of Lords. After the Liberal government obtained the king's promise to create sufficient peers to overcome Conservative opposition in the Lords (and won a second election in 1910), the Parliament Bill was passed by the Lords in 1911 without a mass creation of peers. 1911 also saw George's visit to India, the only king-emperor to make the journey.

Public respect for the king increased during World War One, when he made many visits to the front line, hospitals, factories and dockyards. In 1917 anti-German feeling led him to adopt the family name of Windsor, replacing the Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

After the overthrow of the Russian Tsar in 1917, the post-war world saw the toppling of monarchies all over Europe, many of them related to the British royal family. The king's relationship with parts of the British Empire changed too. The 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, and subsequent civil war, resulted in the setting up of the Irish Free State in 1922, which became a dominion, while the six northern counties remained part of the United Kingdom. The Statute of Westminster of 1931 meant dominion parliaments could now pass laws without reference to United Kingdom laws. This paradoxically increased the monarchy's importance, since the dominions (no longer subordinated to one supreme parliament at Westminster) were now linked through common allegiance to the crown. India gained a measure of self-governance in 1935.

In 1924, George readily accepted the first Labour government. In 1931 the international economic slump caused a political crisis in Britain. The king promoted the idea of a coalition national government of Labour, Conservatives and Liberals, which was eventually formed.

In 1935, the King celebrated his Silver Jubilee, an occasion of great public rejoicing. He died on 20 January 1936 and was succeeded by his son Edward.

 

1910- 1935 George V silver Jubilee Medallion
George V silver hallmarked commemerative medal 1911
1923 George V milled silver Florin (3 shillings)(z)
1921 George V milled silver florin (24 pence)(y)
1931 George V milled silver 6 pence
George V shilling
2 milled silvers, Young Victoria & George V
1931 2 shilling silver
1923 George V milled silver sixpence(x)
George V 1926 milled silver sixpence(c)
1926 George V milled silver six pence
1912 George V milled silver Florin (24 pence)
1928 George V milled silver sixpence(r)
1921 silver milled sixpence (b)
This really clean silver sixpence was a black crusty lump and thought to be a grotty copper until Californian Vicie cleaned it up. Must send mine to her as she did a really good job LOL
1922 George milled silver shilling(b)
George V 1914 milled silver half crown (30 pence)
George V 1936 milled silver half crown (30pence)
Huge 1922 George V milled silver half crown(30 pence)
1917 George V milled silver half crown (30 pence)
1921 George V milled silver sixpence
George V 1912 milled silver shilling
1931 Geroge V milled silver half crown (30 pence)
Size comparison of 1931 half crown and Henry VI penny
1928 George IV milled silver sixpence
1930 George V milled silver sixpence
 
 
 
 
  1921 George IV milled silver sixpence(b)
  1929 George IV milled silver sixpence(b)
 
 
Huge 1928 George milled silver half crown (30 pence) 
 
1917 George V silver milled threepence
George V 1922 Milled silver half crown (30 pence)
George V 1920 milled silver sixpence
1921 George V milled silver 2 shilling piece 'Florin' (24 pence)
1914 milled silver Halfcrown (30 pence) forgery
1922 George V milled silver Florin ( 24 pence)
1915 George V milled silver six pence
1928 George V milled silver sixpence
1915 George V milled silver sixpence
1929 George V milled silver Florin (24 pence)
1925 George V milled silver 6 pence
1928 George V milled silver six pence
1922 George V milled silver sixpence
1923 George V milled silver sixpence
1923 George V milled silver sixpence
1931 George V milled silver sixpence
1916 George V milled silver halfcrown (30 pence)
1929 George V milled silver sixpence
1936 George V milled silver shilling
1929 George V milled silver sixpence
1928 George V milled silver sixpence (108)
1911 George V milled silver sixpence
1936 George V milled silver sixpence
1923 George V milled silver sixpence
1933 George V milled silver sixpence
1929 George V milled silver sixpence
1935 George V milled silver shilling
1936 George VImilled silver florin (24 pence)
1922 George V milled silver sixpence

1920 George VI milled silver sixpence

 

1928 George V milled silver sixpence
1931 George V milled silver sixpence
1921 George V milled silver three pence
1929 George V milled silver shilling(12 pence)
1919 George V milled silver sixpence
1935 George V milled silver sixpence
1919 George V milled silver sixpence
1927 George V milled silver shilling
1932 George V milled silver sixpence
1929 George V milled silver shilling
1917 George V milled silver 3 pence
1933 George V milled silver half crown (30 pence)
1928 George V milled silver sixpence
1924 George V milled silver shilling
1921 George V milled silver shilling
1920 George V milled silver half crown (30 pence)
1929 George V milled silver half crown (30 pence)
1917 George V Indian milled silver 2 Annas
1935 George V milled silver sixpence
1932 George V milled silver half crown
1923 George V milled silver half crown (30 Pence)
1933 George V milled silver sixpence 1921 George V milled silver sixpence
1920 George V milled silver sixpence 1921 George V milled silver half crown (30 pence)
1922 George V milled silver florin (24 pence) 1919 George V milled silver florin (24 pence)
1931 George V milled silver half crown (30 pence) 1920 George V milled silver shilling (12 pence)
1921 George V milled silver half crown (30 pence) Size comparison , Half Crown, shilling and sixpence
   
   
Edward VIII 1936
George VI 1936 - 1952
1940 Half Crown ( 30 Pence) 1942 shilling (12 pence) 1921 sixpence
1943 George VI Silver sixpence
1942 silver sixpence
1942 Milled silver 2 shillings
1942 George VI milled silver sixpence(b)
George VI 1945 silver sixpence(b)
1943 George VI milled silver 2 shillings (24 pence)(y)
1943 George V milled silver sixpence
1946 George VI Milled silver sixpence(y)
 
1939 silver sixpence
George V 1940 milled silver sixpence
 
 
 
1939 George VI Milled silver sixpence
1941 George VI milled silver 3 pence(y) 
 

1946 George V Florin (24 pence)

Last year of the silver coins

1942 George VI milled silver sixpence
1945 George VI milled silver sixpence
1939 George V milled silver sixpence
1945 George VI milled silver 6 pence
George V & VI milled silver, 1936 shilling and 2- 1946 sixpences.
George V & VI milled silver 1926 shilling ,1929, 2x 1939,2x 1943 sixpences
1929 George V milled silver half crown (30 pence) and sixpence
  
  
  1857 Victorian milled silver sixpences and a huge George V 1922 Half crown (30 pence)  
1945 George VI milled silver florin (24 pence)
1945 George V milled silver sixpence
1937 George VI milled silver sixpence
1942 George VI milled silver sixpence
1939 George VI milled silver sixpence
1939 George V milled silver sixpence
1946 George VI milled silver sixpence 1946 George VI milled silver sixpence
1940 George VI milled silver shilling (12 pence)
1946 George VI milled silver sixpence
1942 George VI milled silver sixpence
1939 George VI milled silver sixpence (186)
1937 George VI milled silver sixpence (200)
1940 George VI milled silver half crown (30 pence)
1942 George VI milled silver shilling (12 pence)
1944 George VI milled silver sixpence
1944 George VI milled silver sixpence
1943 George VI milled silver half crown (30 pence)
1943 George VI milled silver sixpence
1939 George VI milled silver sixpence
1943 George VI milled silver sixpence
1945 George VI milled silver shilling (12 pence)
1940 Georghe VI milled silver sixpence
1946 George VI milled silver shilling (12 pence)
1940 George V milled silver sixpence
1937 George V milled silver sixpence
 
1941 George VI milled silver sixpence