- The 1936 King George V Dot Cent is a coin that has enthralled collectors for decades and minted during a time of royal chaos. Great Britain was in the throes of a throne in transition due to the passing of King George V on January 20, 1936 and the sudden abdication of his son, King Edward VIII months later amid the controversy of his engagement with divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. Officials at the Royal Canadian Mint
, let alone The Royal Mint
in Great Britain, could barely keep up with the changes happening at Buckingham Palace.
Canada, 1936 King George V Dot Cent, PCGS SP65RB
Great Britain and its Commonwealth nations, including Canada, strike coins bearing on their obverses the likeness of the reigning British monarch. These designs change as new members of the royal family assume the throne. And, in the wake of King George V's death and King Edward VIII's subsequent arrival upon the throne, new dies were already being made to reflect the incoming monarch.
But these preparations were thrown into a tailspin when, on December 11, 1936, the beleaguered King Edward VIII relinquished the throne to marry his love interest, who during their courtship was seeking her second divorce. Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson went on to live happily ever after as Duke and Duchess of Windsor, following their marriage in 1937. Meanwhile, Edward VIII's younger brother, George VI, would assume reign over the British Empire. The Canadian coinage of the period in its own way reflected the turbulence of the time, and from it a rarity was created.Read the Entire Article