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Edward VII and loose change


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I found something in my notebook that I had completely forgotten, and an extra 1906 penny…




x: Victoria’s death in 1901 made her son King Edward VII, about whom David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace wrote, in their book The People’s Almanac #3: “Edward VII...would allow no one who came into his presence to carry loose change, because the slightest jingling of coins unnerved him.” Sort of odd to think, then, that of all the places this worn 1906 penny went during its working life, one place it was practically guaranteed never to have gone was into the presence of the man who was pictured on its obverse. (93)




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