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A RARE Edward VIII gold sovereign has gone on display showing how the monarch broke with tradition - by demanding his profile faced in the wrong direction.

Edward thought his left side, showing the side parting in his hair, was better than his right, which featured a solid fringe, and insisted this was used.

He was breaking with tradition because coins struck following the accession of a monarch normally show the new King or Queen looking in the opposite direction to royal profiles on their predecessor's coins.

The gold sovereign was never issued because just as the Royal Mint was gearing up to produce a full set of coins the King abdicated, renouncing the throne on December 10 1936 to be with American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Following his abdication, Edward VIII requested a set of the coins as a memento, but his brother George VI declined as they had never been issued, were not deemed to be official UK coinage and had not gone through the Royal Proclamation process.

The coin has gone on display at the Royal Mint Experience, in Llantrisant, South Wales.

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Date:Oct 22, 2016
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