'100th Anniversary House of Windsor' four-coin gold set

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  • Four official commemorative coins
  • Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the House of Windsor
  • Issued by the Solomon Islands

Item desciption
2017 the House of Windsor is celebrating its 100th anniversary - a proud century of successful reign. It was founded in 1917, by royal proclamation, when King George V changed the British Royal Family’s official name from Saxe-Coburg Gotha to Windsor, cutting himself off from the network of European relations from whom his family had sprung.

To mark this historic event, Windsor Mint is offering a special-edition set of four genuine, 22-carat official gold coins, issued by the Solomon Islands. The set is featuring the four monarchs from the House of Windsor:

George V who founded the House of Windsor in 1917 by royal proclamation and his successors Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II – the longest reigning monarch in British history

George V - founded the House of Windsor in 1917
George V became king on the death of his father Edward VII in 1910. He was married to Mary of Teck, they had one daughter and five sons including Edward VIII and George VI. George V was concerned that the Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha royal family name might alienate his British subjects, due to the increasing anti-German sentiment in Britain during World War I. So he had the name changed by royal proclamation in 1917 to the English House of Windsor and relinquished all German titles and family connections. In 1932, he started the tradition of the Royal Christmas broadcast, which has continued ever since. George V died of pleurisy on 20th January 1936.

Edward VIII - abdicated to marry the love of his life
When George V died in January 1936, his eldest son became King Edward VIII. However, a constitutional crisis arose when it became clear that Edward wanted to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson. Edward had to choose between his love and the British throne, and so on 10th December 1936, Edward VIII signed an instrument of abdication. The following day he broadcast his actions to the nation, proclaiming that it was impossible to carry out his duties ‘without the help and support of the woman I love…’ and left for France. The couple were married in 1937 and were given the titles of Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Edward died in 1972 and was buried near Windsor.

George VI - steered Britain through the Second World War
Second son of George V and naturally shy, Prince Albert (Bertie) never expected to succeed to the British throne. He became King George VI on 12th December 1936, after the abdication of his elder brother Edward VIII. Although initially reluctant, George VI proved to be a level-headed king who led the country through World War II. George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, famously refused to leave London during the blitz, insisting on staying with their people. George VI died on 6th February 1952, a few months after undergoing an operation for lung cancer.

Elizabeth II - the longest-reigning monarch in British history
Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonweal
Limitation 9.999 complete sets Metal Gold
Weight 1 980 g First Issued 2017
Quality Proof Country GreatBritain
Face value 1/2 G. First Issued Various
Obverse 11 mm Feinheit Gold (999/1,000)

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