George V, 1910-36 – Base metals

Key Events

 1910 George V becomes King and Emperor of India on the death of his father, Edward VII.
 1911 Parliament Act ensures the sovereignty of the House of Commons.
 1911 National Insurance Act provides sickness and unemployment benefits.
 1912 The luxury passenger ship S.S. Titanic sinks on her maiden voyage, drowning more than 1,500 people.
 1913 Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison throws herself under the Kings horse at the Epsom Derby
 1914 Anglican Church in Wales is disestablished.
 1914 The heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire is assassinated. Outbreak of World War I.
 1914 Battles of Mons, the Marne, and Ypres.
 1915 Second Battle of Ypres. Allied Gallipoli expedition fails to remove Turkey from the war.
 1916 Battle of the Somme. Naval Battle of Jutland between British and German fleets.
 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin in support of Irish independence.
 1916 David Lloyd George replaces Asquith as Prime Minister.
 1917 Battle of Passchendale.
 1917 Russian Revolution.
 1918 Czar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra (both cousins of George V) and their royal family are shot in Ekaterinburg.
 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm II (cousin of George V) abdicates as Germany faces defeat in World War I.
 1918 The end of World War I. Armistice signed on 11 November.
 1918 Reform Act gives votes to women over 30.
 1918 General Election produces landslide victory for Sinn Fein MPs in Ireland, who refuse to take their seats in Westminster and form their own DalI parliament in Dublin.
 1919 Lady Astor becomes the first woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons
 1919 Third Afghan War. Afghanistan gains independence from Britain
 1919 A flu-pandemic (known as Spanish Flu) rages around the world killing over 50 million people.
 1919 -1921 Ireland partitioned into the Free State and the province of Northern Ireland.
 1920 Marconi opens first radio broadcasting station in Britain
 1920 A flu epidemic rages around the world killing more than 20 million people.
 1922 The British Broadcasting Company starts radio transmissions
 1923 Prince Albert (later George VI) marries Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
 1924 Ramsay MacDonald becomes Prime Minister of the first Labour Government
 1926 General Strike fails to reverse wage cuts and imposition of longer hours.
 1926 John Logie Baird demonstrates world’s first television in London
 1927 British Broadcasting Corporation founded by Royal Charter
 1928 All women over the age of 21 get the vote.
 1928 George V falls seriously ill with blood poisoning of the lung.
 1928 Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin
 1929 Beginning of the Great Depression which lasted almost 10 years
 1931 The Statute of Westminster recognizes independence of. the dominions.
 1931 Great Depression leads to the formation of a national government of all three political parties under the leadership of Ramsay MacDonald.
 1932 George V makes the first annual Christmas broadcast on radio.
 1935 George V celebrates his Silver Jubilee.
 1935 Robert Watson-Watt demonstrates Radar
 1935 Stanley Baldwin replaces Ramsay MacDonald as prime minister
 1936 George V dies at Sandringham.

Base Metal Coins and Tokens

1911 Halfpenny

S. 4056 dies 1+A*

1913 Penny ‘Love Token’ (?)

1913 Third Farthing issued for use in Malta

S. 4062 Peck 2358

Slabbed and graded CGS 88 (BU – NFDC)

1917 Penny

S. 4051

slabbed and graded LCGS 82 (Choice UNC)

1917 Farthing

S. 4059

 slabbed and graded CGS 82 (Choice UNC) Dark finish

1918 Penny

S. 4051

1920 Penny

S. 4051

1924 Medal British Empire Exhibition in Bronze

Eimer 1991

1924 Medal British Empire Exhibition in Nickel

Eimer 1991

Obv. Head of Mercury, left. COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

Rev. A crane above a steamship. THE BRITISH EMPIRE EXHIBITION 1924 BHM# 4194. 28mm AE. CC. by W. McMillan.

This medal was struck at the Royal Mint stand at the exhibition. It was one of the so-called ‘Keepsake Medals’ and cost 6d. This medal was also the runner-up in the competition for a commemorative piece for the exhibition

1925 Farthing

S. 4060

1929 Penny

S. 4055

1930 Penny

S. 4055

1930 Farthing

1935 Penny

S. 4055

1935 Halfpenny

S. 4058

1936 Penny

S. 4055 F. 214 

slabbed and graded CGS 82 (choice UNC)

A collection of predominantly English coins from the Tudor era to the present day

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