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Great Britain 1902 Matte Proof Gold Two Pounds PCGS PR63

Code: 6563
Condition: Brilliant Uncirculated (BUNC)


Spink-3968. Edward VII. As issued in the Proof sets of the Coronation. A exceptionally well struck example with superb mint colour which in my opinion is undergraded. Grades PR63 Matte PCGS.


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When Edward VII ascended the throne he was already 62 years old and reigned for only 9 years until his death in 1910. His parents Albert and Victoria were extremely strict and distant particularly Albert. Victoria always blamed Edward for his father's premature death (Albert had visited Edward in Cambridge College to oversee his progress and rumors that he was naughty with the girls and smoking in the premises. They took a long walk and were chatting father to son under very wet weather. Upon his return to the Palace Albert fell ill with pneumonia and died a few weeks later). Poor Edward had nothing to do with Albert's death of course but Victtoria was not interested. She always maintained he would not be a good King. Quite the opposite in fact. Despite his love for women, good food, drinking and smoking (all of which took their toll in the end) his peace efforts and good manners and diplomacy not only saved the Monarchy (at the brink of extinction after Victoria's death) but made him one of the great Monarchs of  the time (he was named Edward the peace maker for his efforts to the Entente Cordiale with France and Russia). He disliked his nephew the formidable German Kaiser who soon after Edward's death was responsible for WW1.

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